Category Archive: books

Feb 22

Stick a fork in this draft, it’s done

Draft the second is officially DONE. Completed. OVER. New word count comes in at 116,600 up from 113,100. But, the most telling part? I cut (ready for this?) almost 20,000 words of crap. So that means that I also wrote 23,000 new words of not crap. Oh, how I hope they’re not crap. This is …

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Sep 20

done

Well, there we go, first draft done. Just over 113,000 words in the end. This will grow in the next draft, and probably significantly. This draft suffers from a terrible lack of description. Even I don’t know what a few of the characters look like. And there are at least two vitally important plot points …

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Sep 14

Brain mush

Novel draft = brain mush. 106k and it’s all happening. Not too long now. See you on the other side.

Aug 17

Character guilt

This draft is happening a lot slower than I wanted it to happen, but progress is still being made. In fact, today I start the first of two ‘big events’ at the end. If I had a graph of this story — and no, I don’t have one. That can wait for the next draft …

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May 18

The strangeness of the writerly brain

My writerly brain is being moody. After a productive day yesterday it has decided that no, we will not be working on the novel today thank you very much. I tried arguing with it. I tried tricking it with music and cool scenes set in a long-lost buried city. Nope, no go. Apparently it wants …

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