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Novel First Revision Complete

I had the previous week off of work, and I spent a fair amount of that time reading through the first draft of my novel and making changes. I fixed a lot of things and added a little over 4,000 words to the text. Most of it was expanding descriptions, but I did write a couple of new scenes that (hopefully) explain certain things a bit better. I also deleted a bunch of unnecessary words, and changed some of the ones I tend to overuse. It still needs work, but I think it is in much better shape that before I started the process.

After I got all the changes put back in, I printed a new copy and gave it to my wife to read. I’m hoping she’ll find more things I can fix, and maybe suggest more ways to add to the word-count. I’m still under 70,000 words, so it would be good to get a longer book if possible. However, I’ve decided that I will probably just go with whatever length I end up with. If it’s right for the story, I hate to add unnecessary padding just to reach some arbitrary size.

It was an interesting experience. I didn’t completely hate anything I had written, and there were several parts I still really liked, even coming back to it after two weeks. For now, I’ll have to wait and see what my wife thinks. I’m counting on her to give me an honest opinion; then I’ll decide what to with the book, if anything.

 

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First Draft Done!

Today I finished the first draft of my first novel. It came in at just under 63,000 words. That is a fair amount less than I had hoped for, but it’s a good start. I already know a few places I can expand on in the second draft, so I’m not overly disappointed.

Besides, I wrote a book! I’m very excited. This is the longest single thing I’ve ever written. When I started this back in June, I wasn’t sure if I would really be able to finish, but I was determined to give it my best shot.

So, what’s next? For now, I’m going to let it sit for at least a couple of weeks. I have a week off from work starting August 29th; I think I’ll probably use some of that time to start thinking about the second draft. I may or may not start on it—that may still feel too soon—but I’ll at least give it a read-through and make some notes.

Anyway, yay me!

 

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Writing a Book

When I originally started this blog, it was because I thought I might be getting into iOs app development. However, I have just not had the time to devote to that that I wanted to. Since I still have the domain registered, and the blog all set up, I decided I might as well use it for something productive.

I’ve always thought about writing books and short stories, but until recently, have never pursued it. That changed a few weeks ago, when I had an idea for a science fiction novel. I made an outline, mainly to see if I could. I was pretty happy with the outline, so I started actually writing the book. Now, several weeks later, I’m closing in on the end of the story. I have about 55,000 words written so far, with a few chapters left. I plan on fleshing out the story a bit more, to get the word count up around 80,000 words if possible.

So what am I going to do with this book once I’m finished? I’m not sure. I may try to get it published with a traditional print publisher, or, more likely, publish it myself. My wife has published her first book using Amazon’s CreateSpace, and on Kindle and Nook, so I do have some experience with that (I helped her with the Kindle and Nook formatting).

Before any of that, thought, the book will require at least a couple more passes. I know the early parts need lots of work; my writing definitely improved as I wrote more. I’ll probably take some time between drafts, just to let it simmer a bit before jumping back in. During the break, I think I will try some short stories.

Of course, all of this has to be a sideline to my day job and family responsibilities, so progress will be slower than I would like. My goal is to have a first draft done by mid-August, and the final draft no later than the end of the year. If all goes well, though, I could have something well before then. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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iOs Dev Books

What are some good iOs development books? I’m currently working my way through iPhone SDK Development (The Pragmatic Programmers) and I’ve also looked at Beginning iPhone 3 Development: Exploring the iPhone SDK. So far, I like both of them, for different reasons. The first one seems to get into more detail, but later chapters assume you fully absorbed the first chapters, and leave out a lot of the details. You pretty much have to have the code downloaded from their site if you want to follow along. The second book moves more slowly, which is nice, but at times it does feel more like a beginner’s book. While I am a beginner with iOs development, I’m definitely not a beginning developer. Still, I’ll probably finish both of them, although I may skim chapters somewhat (for example, I skimmed the chapter on Core Data in the first book).

What are your favorite iOs books?

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