The first feedback from one of my Alpha readers of Bosworth arrive—a Beta reader would have been given a more mature manuscript). I’m still thinking how best to accommodate her feedback as I wait for more. I’ve already added about 30 pages to the version I sent out to test readers. Based on the initial feedback, and my own methodology, I’m thinking to add (or at least expand on the qualities of) characters, and to further develop some scenes. As of now the manuscript is around 64K words—and still growing rapidly. I’m not exactly sure where it will wind up in the end, but it might get close to the number of words in the final revision of The Balance. The Balance grew to 150K words at one time, although the final cut was down around 109K words.
I’ve mentioned before—in an earlier post—I write in layers: One of these might be called the basic plot layer, which defines the meat of the story. Another layer might be called the character definition elements, where the characters are more thoroughly drawn out. Other layers add different kinds of detail to the story, some are sensory and some have to do with characters or backstory. I’m convinced this method helps me put the whole story together more quickly while not sacrificing quality. I often find myself going back and changing or adding elements to the plot, too, as my characters evolve and the need to expand on certain scenes arises. It’s a pretty exhausting methodology, but I’m convinced I wind up with better books this way, and I intend continue to use it, and to improve on the process, as well. I won’t be rushed.
Despite all this, I’m confident that I can make my self-imposed target timeframe for release—sometime in the spring.