Operation Draft Novel: Accomplished
May 21, 2011 § 12 Comments
I realise I’ve dropped off the Blogland map a bit lately, especially this week. No post in an entire seven days? How reprehensible.
The truth is, when I sat down to proceed with the noble work-in-progress early this week I realised that The End was In Sight. I could definitely see dry land ahead. Naturally, therefore, I ended up getting into a jolly little race with myself and gaily gave up all thought of blogging, eating or sleeping until I’d written the final scenes.
That occurred early on Friday afternoon. Since then I’ve mostly been sleeping. (I’m not even kidding about that. I think I’ve had more sleep over the past night than I did all week). I had an immediate attack of insecurity after I’d finished the thing, because it came out at about 92k words. I thought, cripes, should it be longer? But since I have to get all the way through editing yet I guess it’s a bit early to worry about that.
Speaking of which, how long is it likely to take to thoroughly edit 92k words of fiction? Who knows. Given that a lot of it has already been heavily revised I’m hoping I won’t be here till December reworking the rest. But it’ll take as long as it takes. I have a couple of angelic people lined up to help with the editing process (thank you, folks). There’s the cover to think about, a synopsis to write and a title to pick (I’ve been using a working title all this time with the faint hope that some perfect title would occur to me along the way, but of course it hasn’t). And I have to figure out how to format everything. In short, there’s an awful lot yet to do, but the initial (staggeringly enormous) challenge of finishing the draft was actually a blast. I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy the rest, too.
Anyway this has been a short yet terrifically self-indulgent post during which I’ve done nothing but gloat, but I hope you’ll forgive me for that. I’m going to scoot back to enjoying the wave of euphoria and catching up on my sleep. And hey, since I have to make myself leave the thing alone for a couple of weeks before I start editing, perhaps I’ll have time to post a bit more frequently again. But in the meantime…
On with the cake and stuffed animals!