litRPG first draft is done, what is next?

Well, I’m glad you asked. Yes, I just finished the first draft of my litRPG up two days ago, so that means I need to dive into my next project, and also start editing my litRPG novel.

Let’s break down both of those tasks:

  1. Begin drafting my next story

My next story will be set in the same world as my litRPG. In fact it will also be litRPG, but it will tell the story from another point of view character.

This one will be shorter as well, 15-20 thousand words instead of the 120,000 that my full-length novel is right now.

I already have the outline done and I put it through my writing groups already, so I have feedback on the story. I’m excited to get working on this one as it’ll be a fun break from longer fiction, and it’s also going to be the first thing that many people see of my world. I plan on using this story as a magnet/sampler for my larger work, so that potential readers can get a taste of my writing style, and world before they invest time and money into my larger work.

  1. Begin editing for litRPG #1

This one I’ll wait probably a week before diving into. I just finished the book, so I have a lot on my mind. The plan right now is to give the book a solid read-through, taking notes the whole time. I’ll focus on story and characters, making sure that the overall story makes sense from a high-level point of view.

I’ll probable jot down notes in the margins and give myself a write up of each chapter and section of overall things that need to be fixed.

After that I will probably go over all my notes, consolidating them, and organizing my thoughts, eventually coming up with a list of big things I want to change. I’ll then go through the entire manuscript fixing everything I wrote down, adding in and taking out where needed. Cutting entire scenes if I think they need it, and re-writing new scenes from scratch if that is what the story demands.

Then, it’ll be off to beta readers for their feedback.

The whole process isn’t something I have a lot of experience with to be honest, but I’ll go into that a bit more in tomorrow’s blog post.

Till tomorrow,

Tom

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