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1st Draft Done - Suffering From Elation
A Survivor's Tale
1st Draft Done

Last night (after a ten hour day, and not the first), I finished the first draft of my novel. It weighs in at 130,000 words. It was written in under two months. This is a cheering though re the imminent NanoWriMo.

Today I'll be giving the end a quick tidy-up, as it was written in haste while waiting for a bus. Then my writing buddy Mark gets a digital copy at our writing group meet tonight. Then I'll leave it untouched over November, and in December I'll return to it with fresh eyes, do a second draft, and distribute it to anyone else who's asked for a peek around the end of the year. I'm surprised by some of the people who've asked - post-apocalyptic speculative fiction isn't everyone's cup of tea, after all.

Worried about Nano. It starts in three days. I have plenty of novel ideas but I like to spend a lot of time on research and development before I begin. At very least I'd like to go in with a plot breakdown. I know I can easily turn out 5000 - 8000 words per day, but that's when I have a strong idea of where the story is going.

I'm thinking instead I could use the month to write a series of picture book manuscripts - they're generally under 2000 words in length. This idea has two direct consequences: I'd have to turn out 25 picture books at a rate of roughly one per day, and I would no longer be eligible to compete in NanoWriMo, officially.

I'm okay with point two - I'm not doing this for a bit of paper, or to prove to myself that I can (I've already proven that two times over and then some). I'm not doing it because I need the motivation to set aside regular writing times, as that's already a habit now to the point where I feel odd on weekends when I don't write. Nooo, I'm doing this because I want to develop a body of work asap. No publisher is going to be terribly interested in a writer who only has one book in them.

Point one could be a problem though. I've got maybe six viable ideas for picture books now - and I've already written one of them. That puts me right back at the need to brainstorm again!

For today, I'm taking a break - my brain needs one. My body seriously needs a massage! And on Friday I'm having lunch with Vix, then watching Footloose with Rosa while our boys watch The Machinist in the next room, and on Saturday it's JB's birthday BBQ (though I should have the morning free to brainstorm), and Sunday is reserved for Robbie to come over and play video games with us - though I might have got those days the wrong way around. Anyway. On the upside, I'm heading up to the coast for the next fortnight to spend time with mum, who recently broke up with her partner, and as she does a lot of gardening, I should get plenty of time to write. Even if I have to spend the first few days of November brainstorming and planning, I think I can still manage a 50k novel.

Today: massage. And sushi. :D

Current Location: Off with my iPhone

9 have fought ~ fight the power!
stokerbramwell From: stokerbramwell Date: October 28th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
MANY congratulations on finishing your book. That's not something just anyone is able to pull off.
tania From: tania Date: October 28th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cheers! Apparently some 80% of people say they have a book in them. 10% start writing it. 1% finish. I dread to think what percentage of those actually get published.

I comfort myself with the reminder that there were something like 300 applications per position when I got my job at Disney. I've beat the odds once. I can do it again!
stokerbramwell From: stokerbramwell Date: October 29th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, having gotten a job at Disney actually strikes me as a LOT more difficult than getting a book published. I've seen a lot of hacks on bookstore shelves, but I can't recall seeing bad art out of Disney.
alby_lion From: alby_lion Date: October 29th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)
That's exactly why I don't bother writing a book. I know I could; I tend to write a lot anyhow, and with the way my imagination works, I'd love to put it down somewhere other than LJ or Facebook, but it's a matter of motivation and stick-to-it-ive-ness that I just don't think is worth writing a book to prove. It seems they'll publish just about anything though. :D

Kudos from me as well, Tania!
martes From: martes Date: October 29th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)
What's the book about? (Don't need a whole plot summary. One or two sentences is fine.) If it's a subject I'm interested in I could be a reader if you want.
ranshire From: ranshire Date: October 29th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
*waves arms in childish frantic-ness*

I wannt read, I wanna read, I wanna read! I like stories, post-apocalyptic ones too!

...BTW, what is it with you auzzies and post-apocalyptic tales? (meaning the Mad Max movies...which are all I can remember as being both post-apocalyptic and from of Australia...so nevermind)
earthminor From: earthminor Date: October 29th, 2009 05:23 am (UTC) (Link)
You are amazing! I am so happy to see someone fulfilling their creative potential. Looking forward to reading it in draft and/or published form! :D
c_eagle From: c_eagle Date: October 29th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope ya got the massage... I think I'm gonna splurge and get one soon also.... *creeeeaks*
leggz From: leggz Date: October 30th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Awesome news! You're so dedicated, I really admire that trait in you.

Hoping to read lots more positive posts from you on editing, publication, etc.
9 have fought ~ fight the power!