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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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