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.