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But, as you can tell by the title, Pass #6 is complete, Pass #7 is well underway. What are these passes? They refer to my second novel, which I refer to as DOV here.
The novel was started as my very first National Novel Writing Month work, back in November of 2007. I got to something like 54,000 words in that first month. Then it….languished. I made abortive attempts to continue it for some time afterwards, until the very first Camp NaNoWriMo, in July of 2011. I did Camp NaNo in August as well, finishing the original writing entirely in December of 2011.
Pass 1 merely involved putting all of these disparate manuscrit fragments together.
Pass 2 was an initial read and chainsaw operation, where the rough manuscript took shape. Of the 160k+ words, roughly 35k were cut out entirely.
Pass 3 was a further refining of the story line, with most of the “look this up later’ notes to myself were eliminated.
Pass 4 was a more refining, with even more of the notes removed. Timelines (winter/summer) and travel times were rationalized.
Pass 5 was a spelling and grammar check. At this point (March, 2012) it was ready to print. 500 pages, 120k words.
Pass 6: The Alpha-Reader Cut: The Wonderful Wife ™ and son both read the mss and made comments. More chunks were excised and other changes were made. The work was shrunk down to 101k. This finished on 7/19/2012.
Pass 7 begins now. This is the Final, Final cut before it goes out to the agent. My goal is to get this done and out by the end of the month.