I’m happy to announce that I’ve completed the 1st revision of Chronicles of the Sentinels!
What does this mean? Well for starters, it means I’m one step closer to sending it out to beta readers. I continue to follow my writing process, which I wrote a two-part article about, and so tonight I printed out a hard-copy of the manuscript and will begin the 2nd proofread tomorrow. I usually catch a lot more and red-ink in a lot more revisions in this step, plus I just like reading paper better than on a laptop :)
When I told one of my friends that I finished read-through #1, she asked me, “So what did you think?” Well, I like it! For starters, it made me laugh throughout the novel, not non-stop but lots of little moments here and there. The fact that I’m laughing at it when I wrote it is pretty good: I don’t usually do that in my own novels. I hope beta readers laugh as much as I did :)
It’s actually the shortest novel I’ve ever written, the previous three novels were all high-fantasy and usually well over 300 pages. So it packs a lot of punch for only 220+ pages! A lot happens, including some awesome character moments! I don’t know if it is because of all of the pre-writing work I did or what, but all of the characters and their interactions came out very well, in my opinion :)
I think Emmi definitely goes through the most difficulties in the story, however not only does that pave the way for character development in book 1, it opens the door for a lot more in book 2! I think the development for Chris and Alycia is a lot more subtle, so I’ll be interested to hear what readers think about each of them :) There’s so much I want to talk about in the novel, but I don’t want to spoil it all for everyone!
I still haven’t decided on a volume title for this first novel, and that’s starting to bother me. It’s getting down to the wire and I really have to make a decision. I think that’ll be the last hurdle I need to overcome before I send it to beta readers. I want to give them as complete a package as possible.
Chronicles of the Sentinels – 2nd Draft By the Numbers
A little change from the 1st revision, which I had documented in this article.
Word Count: 72,872
Page Count: 226
I’ll be curious to see how big of a difference revision #2 makes :)
Thanks for reading!