So draft 5.7 or whatever number I’m working on is under way. This draft brings its own major challenges. As I get closer and closer to my end goal of becoming published, I continue to find more and more things that need fixing. Although I continue to find and fix things, I need more opinions than my own, therefore I need a base of high school students to be a stand-in for my intended audience and get some of their opinions. While I can’t wait to visit my high school and talk to some of the creative writing students there, I only have so much time to get my novel ready for semi-public eyes. My goal is to have it ready by the third-ish week of May, and I have a long way to go.
Not only am I looking at editing content, but also at editing form. My novel is mostly in a traditional novel in a traditional form with chapters and such, but within these chapters, I have certain sections in a poetic form. This started in the very beginning stages, but throughout my drafting process, I have been putting off working on these sections. This is mostly because I’ve been fickle on what, exactly, I wanted to do with these mini-poems. At one point, I decided they should all be in iambic pentameter to mimic the main character’s heartbeat, but as I stared at these sections, I decided maybe there was some form that could be more effective.
I’m still working on making final decisions, and even after I do that, revisions will still be necessary. There is so much left to do in the next few weeks. I know I can get it all done by my goal, but there is still the nerves of handing my novel-baby over to a few high school students. With the excited nerves I feel now, I wonder how nervous I will be when I am able to hand over a different version of my novel to an actual publisher.