||[Aug. 25th, 2006|12:49 pm]
Last week, before vacation, I reached a point where I'm going to say that I have the first complete draft of my novel done.|
There's really a list of a dozen or so fixes that I know I need to make. But I keep going in to change things, rereading, finding problems (sometimes blatant mistakes), and refreshing the todo list. So I just had to find a point where I felt that the story was pretty much contained and call it a complete draft. After all, that still implies changes to come.
I'm taking a bit of a break from it right now. In a week or so, I'll get back into it (with fresh eyes again, I hope).
Final length? About 116 thousand words. From what I can tell, that's about right for a novel in the fantasy genre. They range from 90-140 Kw, with the exceptionally page-stuffed ones (you know the authors I mean) hitting 200 Kw.
So that's where it stands right now. We'll see what happens. And I still haven't decided if I'll be doing NaNoWriMo again this year...
Wow... that's assum!
I often think about my professional peers writing books and having them published. It seems like such an unapproachable task for me. So, I have to say I'm really proud of you for this.
Thanks. I actually found writing long-form fiction to be easier than the short stories I've attempted in the past. Gotta find what suits your style, I guess.
What is your novel about?
It's about 116 thous-- Oh. Right.
I haven't come up with a good capsule description yet, actually. To speak of it somewhat mechanically, it's a fantasy adventure story (roughly following the classical "hero's quest" form) where the internal journey of the main character becomes progressively more important (hopefully without entering melodrama territory). And, yes, they're furry characters.
Forget words, it's about the story, right? And I doubt I'll be doing the NaNo this year...it screwed up my system majorly last time.
From the beginning, I vowed that I would rather continue sleeping and lose. Turned out to be a good move.
NaNoWriMo was a lot of fun, I have to admit. But I'll need to see if I have the time this year.
And, if it makes you feel better, Tad Williams wasn't one of the authors I was thinking of. :)
Very cool! Have you let anyone else read it? There's a woman writing a novel in our playwriting group, and what seems to be working for her is to do a complete draft & come up with a list of questions she has about the work (is this character underdeveloped? does the storyline jump too quickly here? etc.), then lets a few people read what she has and answer the questions. She then incorporates the feedback (or not, as the case may be) into the next draft and does it again with those people and some new ones so there are always fresh eyes on the project.
Thanks. I'm doing a similar thing. This is going to be the first time anyone other than my wife gets to read it. For this draft, I'm probably going to have a handful of people read it and then, based on that early feedback, I'll figure out how best to proceed.