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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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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.

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