Couldn’t help but include another quote from Delicious, a fun little read, if you’re looking for something different.
Hi team! I thought you might want to read up on my recent guest spot on The Global Bandroom. I’m discussing lots of things about writing, including my novel Confessions of a Teenage Band Geek.
Reading Delicious! by Ruth Reichl. It’s fun, not serious, and keeping me turning the pages. I don’t ask for much more in a novel.
Hey fam! With my birthday tomorrow, I’m running a few days to give back to my readers. Take One at Mulholland High is available to download for free for the next few days. I hope you’ll take advantage, and consider leaving a review.
A lot of fun sentences in this book. I liked it, but I’m not sure I loved it.
Hello! I come to you from the depths of editing Take Two at Mulholland High.
A few numbers to share with you.
- 69,523, original word count. I knew this was going to have to change, because I (intentionally) skipped writing two chapters.
- 72,709, first draft, after adding and subtracting a lot of words. I have a Google doc with 10 pages of cut scenes, so there was a lot of movement, including cutting a few plot lines that went nowhere.
- 71,104, what I would consider my ‘1.5’ draft. After meticulously going through and removing a ton of unnecessary words, this was the lowest point.
- 74,818, with added chapters and final second draft. I’m not sure where the final draft will end up, but I don’t expect a change too much on +/- 1,000 words, which is nearly identical to the first book in the series.
I’m currently waiting to send this draft to my editor, and once back, I will have a few people read the next iteration (it’s not quite there yet). I will say this draft took longer than I thought it would, but that’s okay. I’m happy with the efforts so far (and yes, I know what the third book looks like, which may or may not get written this year).
What’s next? As Mulholland 2 was one of two books (!) I wrote last year (!!), I’m moving on to edit the sequel to Confessions of a Teenage Band Geek.
And yes, the cover for Mulholland 2 is already lined up.
And that’s why I keep doing it. This was our Book Club book this month, and while it’s certainly something I would’ve never picked up on my own, there were a few truth bombs.
I liked this book, but I didn’t *love* it, if that makes sense. Still, this conversation was very cute.
See, this blog.