Y'all--the writing/revising of draft 4 is finished.
To keep it uniform with the other posts related to this draft, here are the numbers:
Words: 100, 173
First line of Part 5:
Once at home, Miles called the girls to
Last line (of the entire novel):
For this moment, Miles took a
lungful of clean country air, nary a flame in sight, feeling peaceful.
If you're curious ('cause I was), the draft previous, number three, was 116,653 words. So I managed to lose 16,000 words from one draft to the next, which, for me, never happens. If I can trim this down to about 98K, I'll be happy.
So, my list of post-draft Things To Do:
1. Sleep. It's legit 3:30 am here.
2. Commence editing: run Spellcheck, check grammar, cut extraneous lines, that sort of thing.
3. Debate on whether to cut out this one character, which could shorten the word count, which is good. Possibly try to tighten up a few things that are bothering me.
4. Polish up that query!
5. Get my lit agent list together. I have a few I need to investigate further. Now, to explain: I'm not entirely confident that this book is necessarily all ready-as-get-out to be published. But it's certainly close and I'm actually kind of eager to receive my first form rejection.
6. Dive into reading for and plotting my next story. :-)