Done! Kinda. No, Not Really.

Hoe Lee Crap! I just finished the first draft of When Far-Gone Dead Return. The novel takes place immediately after Beyond Redemption and stars many of the same reprobates.

Brampton-20150325-00446That was 120,000 words in ten weeks of intense writing.
I laughed.
I cried.
I probably should have changed my underwear more often.

Here’s what my next few months look like:

Last week of March: Surface edits on When Far-Gone Dead Return. I’ll flesh out any descriptions I glossed over in the mad rush to write the first draft. I also left myself many notes and comments in the manuscript to fix/rewrite/delete various scenes or fill back-story I decided on halfway through the novel.

April: Before starting WFGDR, I wrote The All Consuming, another Manifest Delusions novel. My test readers have crawled all over it, clawing and biting, and returned its bloody carcass to my front step. It is now time to take their notes and comments and rebuild TAC as a better, stronger novel.

May: By now I should have the feedback from my test readers for WFGDR and will throw myself into editing that novel.

June: Last minute edits and polishing. Try to convince Harper Voyager to buy two more insane novels from me.

July: Do I take a little time off, or start thinking about my next book? Hmm. I think I’ll be itching to write.

Right now I feel gutted. Broken. The ending of WFGDR came out in a mad rush.

I need a drink.

Michael R. Fletcher

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