Monday, April 28, 2014

A Tale of Four Drafts

And now, ladies and gents, I give you SEER: A Tale of Four Drafts

The Four Drafts, from bottom to top, in all their glory.

Initial Idea: December 23rd, 2009

Outlining: 10 days (January 7th—17th 2010)

First Draft: 7 weeks (January 18th—March 7th 2010)

Word Count: 70,018

Revision Outline: 3ish weeks (March 25th—April 18th 2010)

Second Draft: 6 months and 3 weeks (April 19th—November 8th 2010)

Word Count: 81,937

Third Draft: 4ish months (January—April 2013)

Word Count: 88,819

Fourth Draft: 2 months (March—April 2014)

Word Count: 70,242

So. Four years, four drafts. The word count rise and fall is really interesting to me—I ended up about where I started, adding and deleting completely different words along the way.

(For anybody wondering about the long gap between November 2010 and January 2013, I was busy working on other projects, querying, and falling in love and getting married. :-D)


Leandra Wallace said...

It's so neat how you've kept a record of all the diff manifestations. It took me four years on my story and while I can give you vague statistics, I can't absolute dates. Good foresight there!

Joanna Ruth Meyer said...

I had to hunt through my old blog posts to find the exact dates—luckily I'd done some stats after draft 2, which is why I have such specific information. Really interesting to see how the novel grew and changed!