Yes, I know. It's been a while. Again. But I've been trying to finish—really finish—my novel before taking off for the Windsor writer's conference. If you are one of those fortunate geniuses who never needs to rewrite ("Are you still working on that same book?" asked a friend), a chronology of this novel might cast some light on the process.
In 2011: 51,000 words for NaNoWriMo
2012-2013: Left it sleeping on my Mac
2013: Began rewriting
2014-2015: Beta readers (all my family) and beta readers (eight acquaintances) and a professional beta reader. Rewriting, rewriting rewriting.
2016: Professional edit. Rewriting. Another edit. More rewriting.
Now: 83,500 words and counting