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1st drafts can happen

I’m breaking the blog silence so I can memorialize this moment: Yesterday I completed the 1st draft of my novel!  Throw the confetti and uncork the champagne!

Now I’ve got a major exam to take this Saturday so I’m going to be devoting the rest of the week to study because, you know, jobs with  a paycheck and all, but once that’s passed I’ll be hopping back to it for my 1st round of editing/revising.  This is by far the most I’ve written of a single story.  I think the longest previous work I’ve done was around 50,000 so yeah, this feels pretty darned amazing, and I’m sure after it goes through several revisions it’ll be a more respectable length (shooting for 75k-85k).

Lots of frustration wrapped up in this work and I’m sure more to come.  At the moment let me bask in the thought, ‘Yes, no matter the challenges, I can totally do this.’

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it’s raining words

My blog has collected a fine coating of dust. It turns out that I can’t balance my time between this and a novel.

The good news is that I’m working on the novel again, and even though I’m not in love with anything I’m writing at the moment, it’s broken the dry spell.

The only way novel writing was going to happen was if I rearranged my day. In my case this has meant going to bed and waking up earlier, regardless of the rest of the household’s schedule.

Actually, I might have to thank the cold virus I’m fighting for making it so easy to follow the early to bed, early to rise schedule. My body hasn’t been letting me stay up late. It’s awesome. I get a full night’s rest and then I get up and have plenty of time to work. The trick will be in maintaining this schedule once I’m healthy.

It’s a short post today. I just wanted to get something up here so I don’t let this blog go to rubbish.

One day I’ll blog something of substance but for now I’ve got a novel to write!