Well, here I am. I’ve crossed the nominal finish line: the fourth draft of Torat Book 1: Initiation is complete. What does that mean, exactly? It means that the entire book is in a stage where I would be quite all right with a publisher or agent or what-have-you reading it. The first chapters that I submitted in the last few months had gotten all the way to submission draft status, which is three drafts past where I am now, but that is, essentially, gravy and polish.
So this would be the second major milestone of three when it comes to completing the novel. The first was completing the first draft; the third is completing the “submission draft”, which is the eighth draft. All of the major themes, however, are in place, and I feel they’re well fleshed-out. The most major theme, of course, turned out to be drifting through life versus taking control of your own life and choosing your own fate. Funny that that emerged as I worked, as it is where I am in my own life at the moment; I am taking control of my career, taking control of my physical health, taking control of my emotional life. Having been the antithesis of a control freak for most of my life, it’s a major thing, and I’m sure it’s no coincidence that it became so important to my characters.
I started this back in October, so it will end up taking roughly six months when all is said and done. I think that’s a respectable pace, and certainly the fastest time frame in which I have completed a novel.
Once I’ve gotten through this, a short story, and then I start the next novel, about a little girl discovering the truth behind her world. It’s going to be a fun one, as well.