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Declaration of First Draft

It's a draft. Not a wrap, not a done thing, not even a draft with full inclusion of all scenes, since I need to add two or three scenes featuring my vaguest, and therefore in-for-a-rewrite character. It also calls for a sequel. 

But it's a first draft, a novel with a beginning, a middle, and an end, standing at 101.500 words.

Insert: Fireworks. Fluffy Bunnies. Also sprach Zarathustra. Pictures of pilgrims coming to the end of El Camino. Chocolate. Dancing of the funky-flamenco-disco on top of Mount Everest.

It's only a draft, I know. The real work begins now, they say. But this is the first time in seven years I've finished a novel draft, and it feels exhilarating.


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asakiyume
Jan. 21st, 2011 09:19 am (UTC)
Congratulations!
jakobdrud
Jan. 21st, 2011 11:30 am (UTC)
Thanks!
bogwitch64
Jan. 21st, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
Only a first draft? ONLY?? Never say ONLY. The vast majority of those who write will never get that far. You've accomplished a great thing!


jakobdrud
Jan. 21st, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
Woo, spaklies!!! (Forgot that on my celebration list.) And to be sure, it feels VERY far from an 'only'-achievement *g*
jakobdrud
Jan. 21st, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
Eh, possibly I forgot them 'cause they're really called *sparklies* Although spaklies might make the celebration interesting too.:-)
jongibbs
Jan. 21st, 2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
Well done :)
jakobdrud
Jan. 21st, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Jon!
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jakobdrud
Jan. 21st, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I hadn't really considered drooling on the manuscript, but it might get a hug or two :-)
kristajhl
Jan. 21st, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
Bravo, Jakob!
jakobdrud
Jan. 21st, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
threeoutside
Jan. 21st, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! Congrats, Jakob!
jakobdrud
Jan. 21st, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
vaughan_stanger
Jan. 21st, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
Yay! congratulations!

Hope you make rapid progress with the next draft.
jakobdrud
Jan. 21st, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I have a few other projects planned before I dive into revisions and the next novel. I'm reading a novel for a fellow workshopper, and I have two or three short stories that need an extra pass with the red pen. And then 'The Third Transmutation' and associated sequels are bound to call out to me again.
musingaloud
Jan. 21st, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
Woot! Awesome news, Jakob!
jakobdrud
Jan. 21st, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It feels purty awesome too :-)
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jakobdrud
Jan. 21st, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And not only fluffy but ready for battle. It doesn't get much better than that :-)
ralan01
Jan. 23rd, 2011 08:01 am (UTC)
A great accomplishment; I know how you feel. Not to put a wench in things, but just so you are ready: almost twenty years after I finished my first novel draft of 120,000 words, it has been rewritten/edited 8 times, the last by a professional editor, it still needs a proper ending, and of course, it hasn't sold, after being sent to every major publisher (except for a couple of the new ones which I'll wait to submit to until after I get the new ending written -- yes I have a plan for it now). That said, every first novel story is different. Just don't give up on it ... ever (well, within reason). Good luck!
jakobdrud
Jan. 23rd, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm of course hoping to get the novel into top shape fast and sell it, but I'm realistic about the work I still have to put into it -- possibly for nothing. The good thing about this book is that the process has been good. I've (mostly) enjoyed writing it, and that makes it a success in its own right. Plus, I'm used to rejections and rewrites from short stories, so my take on failure to sell it is to 'write another'. (But ask me after the first round of rejections *g*)

I hope you're over your pneumonia and that you manage to stay clear of the rest of the winter's viruses.
jennygordon
Jan. 23rd, 2011 10:07 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I hope you celebrated in appropriate fashion - chocolate always works for me, but you're a boy, so it might not be your celebration of choice ;O)
jakobdrud
Jan. 23rd, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks! For me, chocolate is more of a vice than a treat... instead my wife and I shared a bottle of wine. And I've enjoyed myself immensely telling people how far along the project is.
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