Revising a novel

Ta-da! The first paper copy--368 pages--of my story!


After 3-4 years of steady work on it, I finally have a fairly decent draft.

I put it away and let it rest for the month of November and am now reading it as a reader. But one month was not enough to make it completely fresh reading. I remember too much of the story.

However, I do notice that it's still pretty rough reading so there's a good amount of revising and rewriting to do yet. But, hopefully, 2017 is the year it'll be good enough to send out to agents or publishers. After it's been through crit partners and beta readers. And probably an editor too.

Or, am I being too optimistic?