Some stats (because we all deep-down love word counts):
End of first draft - 291 pages = 82,389 words
End of second draft - 248 pages = 71,002 words
I might have a break for a few weeks from the novel and attempt some short/flash stories. Or I might jump back on the wagon and edit like I have never editted before.
Preparing for the next draft (a bit like a royal visit):
- Back up all relevant files - I do this monthly - I have lots of files on my USB stick called 'backup month year'
- Tidy away papers from last draft - start with a clear space.
- Get favourite editing pen ready to do some damage and/or repair.