I just wrote this a mere few minutes ago and I feel phenomenal.
33 chapters across 184 pages and a total word count of 83,354 words. The moment I have been waiting for since I started this project nine months ago has finally arrived. I wrote the words ‘the end’ and have officially closed the first draft of my novel. I think I got a bit excitable and rushed towards the end, so I’m certain that the last few chapters are going to need more work than any other part of the book but… well, it’s done!
I can’t believe that after all these years of teaching myself to write and the innumerable attempts I’ve gone through to write a story I find myself here at last. I’m at the next stage, the next part of the process. I almost can’t wait to dive in and start adding/editing/changing/omitting, but I also know that it’s a big job and one of the most important parts, so it’s something I’m really going to need to invest my time in.
I already have a plan: I’m going to do the adding/omitting part first to make sure that the story is, at the very least, a coherent piece of literature from beginning to end. Once that’s done I’m going to edit/change and make sure it’s polished and to a standard that I could give it to somebody and not be afraid that they would tear it to pieces. Once that’s done I’m going to give it to my closest friends, family and confidants and ask them to read it for me and come back with notes. After that I’m going to dive in to ‘Project: Final Draft’ and see how that goes. From there… well, that’s the whole point of this blog I suppose.
I did come here to talk about my writing process, my inspiration, my characters and other such things but I guess this was mostly about what happens once the book is actually finished. I want to document my successes and, equally so, my failures. I’ve completed the first step – now let’s see where I go from here. It’s very exciting!
On a related side-note I’ve also made the decision that between my second and third drafts of Haunt I’m going to write and self-publish a short story inspired by one of my friends. That’s a little way off at the moment, but I’m excited to get my name out there and see what happens. Thanks for reading!