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.

Here’s hopin’.


About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on December 18, 2010, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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