I finished the second draft while most of you were probably sleeping last night, around two in the morning. And what did I do immediately after, you ask? I opened Firefox to send it out to the first reader in my first round of readers, only I couldn’t access my email because my internet decided to stand in my way. I played with some chords and regained my connection and sent it away!
As I mentioned in my previous post, I currently have four rounds of three readers planned. My first group will be handled a little differently in that I’m giving one of them the true first read. I have my reasoning for this and wont go into detail.
I ended up adding around 400 words to the overall text and correcting a gazillion typos and filling in what I thought were small holes in the story.
My book is now in the hands of my beta readers! Well, until they give me their feedback.
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So, I have no idea how long other writers spend on their second drafts, but I’ve read completely through my book and found only the holes in the story that I expected and the grammar and typing mistakes that are bound to happen. What does that mean? Well it means that my first round of beta readers will be receiving my precious book very soon.
I had considered printing it out for each reader, but yeah, that’s not going to happen. It’d be way to pricey for me at this point, and they should be happy that I’ve chosen them to be a part of this wonderful process!
For those of you who might be wondering what the most common mistake I found was…well, I used the words ‘just’ and ‘had’ a little too often. There were plenty of typing mistakes and at least sentence that read and thought to myself, “Huh?” That was just the one time.
There were a number of positives. The few places that I tried to convey some humor were mostly successful, to me. I liked how all of the main characters turned out, especially Sydney. She’s hilarious! At least I think so.
Anyway, the second draft will be finished very soon! Wish me luck and visit my Kickstarter project page here to help this book become real!
I said that I would read a handful of detective books before reading my own so that I would have perfectly written works fresh in my head when I attempt to judge my writing from the eyes of a reader. Well, I decided to read only two books instead of a greater number. I chose to read The Widening Gyre (Spenser #10) by Robert B. Parker and Indigo Slam (Elvis Cole #7) by Robert Crais because these two titles most fit into the genre that I wish to write. I have eight more detective stories on my unread shelf, but those are mostly police procedurals and my book doesn’t fall into that more specific category.
I plan on reading with a red pen and sticky notes to mark things that need changing or that I think can be better. I’m not going to stop and correct everything as I go, but rather I’ll mark the place and take a look once I’ve finished the entire book.
I already have a short list of things that I know I want to change for future drafts and I’m sure I’ll find more along the way.
Wish me luck!
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