Saturday, May 15, 2010
I finished my first draft yesterday. Woo hoo! The problem is that it's shorter than it needs to be. I'm targeting Heartsong Presents. They want submissions that are between 45,000 and 50,000 words, and my first draft stands around 43,000 words.
This is pretty typical for me. I tend to write bare in the first draft and add a few thousand words with the rewrite and editing process. Hopefully, it will be the same with this book.
I'm going to take a one week break from writing, and then, jump into editing an old young adult manuscript. I don't want to edit the one I just finished, right away. I need some distance before I can see what needs work.
Writers, does your first draft usually end up too short, too long or right on target?