The next draft is done!
I just printed out the edited version of the sequel. At 400-plus pages, it’s approximately the same size as “Crashers.”
Good lord but that was a tough slog.
My missions now are two-fold. First, check the calendars and clocks. When you add scenes or take away scenes, you create gaps in the timeline. It’s a weird anomaly but, in subsequent drafts, you can have a character start out for a drive at noon and arrive at her destination at 11 a.m., thanks to the elimination or addition of scenes.
As I went through the manuscript, I tried to underline every time and date reference. That will help me reconstruct my calendars and clocks.
The second mission is the slow, methodical read-through. I’ve been working on this thing in bits and bites. A scene here, a paragraph there. It’s a Frankensteinian model of writing, and what it wants now is the complete read-through. To see if the pieces stitch together or not.
I’ll spend the majority of the weekend doing that. If things seem to work – fingers crossed – I could have this manuscript off to St. Martin’s Press by the first week in January.