I have reached a stopping point in the first draft read-through on Scion of Wornten. Although I’ve only sent out 20 or so chapters to alpha readers, I’ve decided to abandon draft one in lieu of Mr. 2. Once I get this draft done I’ll send the entire thing out to beta readers — alphas can be betas if they like.
Taking the work as a whole, I have reformatted the chapters for (I hope) better pacing and more resonance. Some chapters I will discard, writing others to take their place. Others shall remain, but I’ll shuffle them around a bit for better coherence.
So now I’m officially started on the second draft. I wrote the prologue yesterday, with a bit added this morning. Here’s the first line:
It had been two weeks since Princess Ashlyn Ressen last shot fire from her fingertips.
My goal now is to complete at least the second draft by July 31. I believe I can do it.
— david j.