Five Year Writing Goal
I’m taking part in Misha and Beth’s Five Year Project and my five-year goal is to write a novel and get it published. This is both my monthly and my end-of-the-year recap on how I’m doing.
First step: write the first draft. Tick!
Second step: edit the first draft – in progress.
First draft: The Reluctant Scribe
I started writing on the 27th July and wanted to finish the first draft by the end of October, to clear the way for NaNoWriMo and a new writing project. Deadlines are good for me and, yes, I finished on the 31st October. Yippee. I’ve described why I abandoned my previous novel in this blog post: Why I abandoned my novel and I wrote about my analysis of the problems in another post: Learning from Mistakes. Here is a brief summary of the major changes I made: switching genre from sci-fi to historic fiction, writing the final chapter first, sticking to one POV, and using multiple doc files.
Editing the first draft
I ended up with 57 ‘chapters’ and a total word count of around 88,000 words. I didn’t look at the draft during November but picked it up again on the 1st December. Now I am making slow progress with the editing.
- A writing friend is reading through the chapters and making comments for me to consider.
- I bought Alan Watt’s book, The 90-day Rewrite and am working my way through it.
- I asked my amazing eldest daughter to proofread the first section of the book.
- I have entered the first 300 words into WriteStars Chapter One Competition
- And the first 10,000 words into Richard and Judy’s Search for a Bestseller Competition
So now I have a very well-edited first 300 words and a reasonably well-edited 10,000 words. Only 78,000 more to go!
But I’m pleased to report I’ve got up to chapter 38.