Obligatory “Hello World!” Post

Welcome to my writing blog! I’m hoping this will be a space where I can post regular updates about my writing, things I’m learning along the way, and other things (like random stories). It’s a private website right now, but I’ll probably make it public in a few weeks. Since I’m not beginning this blog at the start of a new draft or WIP, I’ll note my current writing status here and then post weekly updates about how it’s going. Yeah. We’ll see how that goes. :p

Writing Status

I write middle grade science fiction and fantasy, though my reading tastes are a lot more varied and I’d love to write something contemporary someday. My current WIP is the tenth or eleventh book I’ve written. I’ve lost count!

Right now, I’m in the middle of making revisions to the third draft of this manuscript, which I will refer to as HYBRID on this blog (though that’s not its working title). It’s MG science fiction, and that’s about all I’ll say about it here. In some ways, it’s a rewrite of a short story I wrote in high school, made to be less juvenile and expanded into a novel. In other ways, it’s changed and grown a lot. I’m excited to see where it goes.

I’ve scheduled 7 rounds of major revisions for this draft, each focusing on a different element that’s needed work. Then I have five rounds of small fixes, and after that will do one large read through to edit and tighten up the prose. The major 7 rounds are as follows:

  1. First POV character
  2. Second POV character
  3. Miniboss Villain
  4. Big Boss Villain
  5. Expansion of final chapters
  6. Subplot 1
  7. Subplot 2

As of this post, I am in the middle of making revisions to Big Boss (round 4). I’m about a week ahead of where I want to be, so that feels great!

Current manuscript word count: 46,000