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
The pro editing was brutal, even though the editor liked the story. Big chunks were to be moved around somehow with the story line maintained and, by the way, just what was the story? I was about to chuck the whole thing. Instead, I steeled myself and made the changes, and now, and I mean right now, still am working on it, still rewriting, determined that it will be ready to take with me to the Windsor conference in five days.
I'll tell you all about it when I get back. Until then, keep writing!