Sometimes your own writing can surprise you. Today was one of those days. 🙂
If you’ve been following this blog for a while you’ll know I’ve been working on my own SF (or Fantasy, I don’t really care what you call it) Saga, a story that I started writing way back in 2012 which got shelved when a certain computer game opportunity suddenly interdicted me out of hyperspace. 😉
I had a plan which indicated that my first draft (which is where the writing sort of ends and the editing sort of begins) would be complete around the end of March 2016. As often happens for me, I’d already written the ending some time ago, and was working on one of the later chapters. This lunchtime I had a bit of a revelation as I noticed that this part of the story shouldn’t occur ‘here’ but later on, in book 3 to be precise.
Thus I chopped it out and saved it elsewhere on my laptop hard drive.
And, suddenly, I’d finished the first draft! I looked at it for about a minute before realising what had happened.
“Oh, I’ve finished.”
So what happens now? Well, to be honest, the hard part starts! The story is ‘told’, but it will need a serious tidy up. Some characters will be inconsistent, bits of the story won’t work properly. There will be continuity errors, grammatical errors, a thousand typos to sort. Getting to the first draft is, in my experience, about the halfway mark in actually creating a book. The next few months will take that rough material and polish it up to a shine.
But it’s a great milestone to have passed. There’s something very concrete about having a draft in place, even if it isn’t ready to go. The good news for all of you who are wondering what happens to Kiri, Meru, Zoella and the rest of the characters from Emanation – is that it’s all penned and in place.
Shadeward: Exoneration should be available on schedule in the Autumn as per the plan. The adventures on Esurio will continue. Books 3 and 4 are plotted out and ready to write.
In the meantime I will be clearing the decks for editing and fettling. I’m not scheduled to start writing Shadeward 3 (Enervation) until later in the year, thus there is space for another project or two…