New Manuscript Update

It’s the end of another semester. A time where I review the work I’ve done on my latest manuscript. Though, I have three in line, I’ve been focusing the past several months on what was known as ‘project one’. It has upgraded to ‘manuscript one’ – yeah I know, big upgrade LOL (title TBA).

I’ve really been enjoying writing this manuscript – and my cat has been enjoying sitting on my printed revisions. My goal is to reach 450 pages once all is said and done. Currently, I have a prologue and 21 chapters lined up, about 72 pages. However, in total (with isolated scenes and unlinked chapters I’ve been working on), the manuscript is actually 191 pages, 33,871 words. This basically outlines the basic plotline of the novel. The trick now is to link all the loose ends together and complete a first draft.

We’ll see how far I’ll get by the end of this Holiday break, but I have high hopes!

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5 thoughts on “New Manuscript Update

  1. Kelsey, why must you tease me? I am going to contact your cat to give me all of the secrets of the new novel. Don’t be surprised if you find your cat in the corner meowing on your cell phone to me! I hope you get to 450 pages! How to Date an Alien is only 222 pages right now and about 60K words, so I’m trying to up that as well. Any advice with how to do that?


  2. I thought Death’s Island was the name of your novel. Shows what I know but I’ll say this, titles are Hard! I found that out when I did NaNoWriMo. I came up with name of my two main characters. Like that will get you to read it! Wanted to say good luck at getting everything together and making your goal. After NaNo I have a new found respect for writers who have already done it or are almost there!



    1. Thanks, Heather, and sorry for the confusion – you’re right, Death’s Island is the title of my completed and repersented manuscript. This manuscript is a new one I’m working on.


  3. Hey Kelsey, 33K words is a great start–keep up the good work. I typically write chronologically and I’m fascinated by authors who write tidbits and scenes and then tie them all together. Good luck!


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