Dust It Off Blog Hop

This is the 3nd day of the Dust it Off blog hop, hosted by Cortney Pearson and Theresa Paulo. Check out their sites for the rules.

Title: Beyond the Wake
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Words: 93,000 (yes, cutting is needed)
Status: Waiting to be revised

What I learned

Wow. What did I learn? A lot.

First, that I loved YA—something I hadn’t read since probably my teen years.

I also started to learn a little about what agents are looking for.

Originally, this was Alexis’ story. But then I wrote Jason’s side. Then combined the two and I had a 125,000 contemporary young adult novel.

Yeah, not gonna work… Especially for a debut author.

I had to take out a major storyline, which I still hope to use some day, and then I was down to only one climax, instead of two (one for each character.) And then more cutting.

Right now I’m at 95,000 words but haven’t done any serious editing. And by serious I mean stuff I’ve learned in the last six months about tightening your writing and plotting elements, which I didn’t know when I wrote this.

I absolutely love this story and its characters because it shows that you should never give up on the troubled kid, because he can change, especially when given some love and direction by caring parents—even if they are not his.

I’m excited to get back into it and this blog hop has given me the motivation to do so. My next step is to look for a beta or two that might help out. This is definitely a project I want to see finished.

7 Responses

  1. I’m always surprised when other writers quote something above 100,000 words as huge, since my completed adult books are way longer than that. I planned them as long sagas with sweeping plot trajectories and many characters and storylines. Although it is a useful skill to discern when something needs editing, whatever length it is. Some of my YA Atlantic City historicals I instantly recognized as overwritten when I pulled them off of MacWriteII and converted and reformatted the files, even though they were under 100,000 words.

  2. Kate Larkindale

    Oh yes… Cutting is very important. It’s amazing how many words you can lose by just cutting out superfluous ‘thats’ and ‘justs’.

  3. YA is amazing! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to hear this bloghop has given you motivation! That is exactly what I wanted. Good luck and if you ever need a CP or a beta reader I’m only a blog away.

    Thanks for hopping with us 🙂

  4. You should come to our Critique Partner Mixer when we host it on FFF to find some lovely betas!!

    Its so great this inspired you to pick up an old work. Good luck!

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