Thrown to The Blue

2nd Redraft Complete

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The second and final redraft is now complete. It has taken a little over two weeks to work my way through the necessary changes. Of course, this was much easier than the first redraft and should have been completed within a week, but September has seen both myself and my hubby turn 30, so I havent been able to slog away and get it done. No matter-it is done now.

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What’s Next?

It has been over a month of redrafts, so now it’s fine tooth comb time. The plan is to get a week’s worth of editing done before I send the first half of the book for proof reading. It’ll be a game of cat and mouse; I shall try to finish editing the second half of the book before the proof-reader gets back to me with the first half changes. Yeah, because plans like that always work out for me- HA! I have to try and stick to the plan that has been arranged, but there is a little wiggle room. I need it, considering I have been having one of these weeks:

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I shall not be adding any more excerpts from here on in. I think I have been pretty generous thus far. As soon as my betas have their copies, I will have more of an idea of a release date, so I will update when I know more.

Can those who have mentioned being an ARC reader leave a comment, and I’ll add you to the list and get back to you- thank you.


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The First Re-Draft is Complete

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I have completed my first re-draft, but don’t let that fool you, I have much much more work to do. The first re-draft involved a brief re-work of a couple chapters and adding two new ones. The new additions are raw bones at the moment, just so I can get a feel of the narrative as it is. The second re-draft is a redraft of the first redraft. Urgh. However, after reading through my manuscript, I am happy to say that I am still in love with it- phew!

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What’s next?

Well, seeing as today is my birthday…yep, another year older. The big *cough* 30 *cough*. I shall be celebrating in various ways over the next week or so. Then, it’s my hubby’s 30th in another 12 days, so, of course, we shall be celebrating that too.  I will do my best to spend a fortnight or so on the second redraft, and then the intense editing begins. I will post more when I have more to say. As of right now, I am going with the flow, and have no deadline to stick to. It’ll be ready when its ready.

Cheeky excerpt:

I glower at Teal with every bit of darkness I can muster. “I have not finished talking!” I bellow. I know how to make men listen to me and it involves raising my voice, spelling things out in simpleton speak, and threats. He does not back down from me, but his hands twitch in irritation. “Reed is my Head Guard, and you will accept your Princess’ wishes. Oh, and if you so much as raise your hand to him again, I give him permission to hack your arm from your torso and beat you to death with it. Now, get out of my chambers.”


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Re-Draft Time

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Even as I was writing Thrown to The Blue, I knew I’d have to re-draft and do some serious editing. Writing multiple POVs for the first time was refreshing, but challenging. I’m pretty sure my re-draft will involve cutting masses of repeated information. Sometimes, I knew I was doing it when I was writing, but I was on such a roll that I thought, ‘Oh well, I’ll leave it until the edit.’ In fact, I thought that a lot.. a lot lot. Wow, this edit is going to be quite the undertaking.

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After I post this, I shall be settling in for the re-draft. I want to dissect my manuscript, swap some chapters around, add a couple, and delete the unnecessary. As of now, I’m not sure how I’m going to proceed until I go through it with a fine tooth comb. I want to play with it and see what works. This could be weeks, if not months, of work, but is vital to my WIP. I know a lot of writers who don’t feel the need to redraft and head straight into an edit. I think a re-draft is an important step of my editing process, but maybe that’s just because I’m a ‘pantser’ and pour everything onto the page to be reworked later.

Do you allow yourself the freedom of a re-draft? Have you got any re-drafting tips that have made the process easier for you?


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