Book Update: First Draft Done!!…And other updates

*Blows dust off old blog.

Did you think I’d forgotten you, readers? Perhaps I had, but anyway I’ve returned to revive this old blog and tell y’all that I’ve finished the first draft of my book! Technically, I finished it last summer, but I’ve been so busy I’ve just been putting off making an update on how everything turned out. So enjoy my copypaste of a Facebook post I made when I finished the draft.

*Facebook Post: July 20, 2016

THE BOOK IS DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!*
48 chapters
195,112 words
273 pages (~550 book pages)
1 year and 2 months of writing 1st rough draft
7 1/2 years of planning, worldbuilding, drafting and throwing out really bad drafts, rewriting, reworldbuilding, replanning, reducing, reusing, recycling, all that jazz.

All completed!! I finally did it! I have finally written my book and finished it!! I’m unbelievably excited about this! Though if you will notice the asterisk beside the exclamation points, you will notice something. I’ve finished writing the first draft, and now comes the hard part of editing. Then it will be all the businessy stuff with agents and publishers and bookstores and what not. (2017/18 release maybe?)

Idk, but I don’t wanna worry about that just yet. I have to actually well and truly finish the book before it is well and truly done and published and out there. However, this is still a huge accomplishment for me. Something I have been working on since I was 13 and riding on a bus to a winter drumline competition. Part of me never thought I would get to this point, but I am so happy that I finally have a finished draft. A beginning, and an ending, and a middle with so much stuff mixed in I sometimes get lost in all the threads I made. But at the very least, it is done, and I will keep working to polish it up and make it publish-worthy. No clue when that will be, but if I have the first part done, I don’t see why I can’t do the rest! Here’s to Phase 2 and beyond!

*And to now

So yeah look at good ole optimistic me. I would love to say I’ve been writing the revision super hard, but honestly I haven’t. Not that I’ve given up, but my writing professor really said something that spoke to me. Houses before mansions. Basically the concept that working on smaller pieces of fiction will help you in maker larger works. So for the class we were writing short stories, and I put my book off to focus on them. That way I would make something that has a definite beginning and ending. In doing this, I’ve been able to pinpoint problems in my book.

So last semester and for this time this semester I’ve been taking a break from my book and working on short stories. I’m going to write five by the end of the summer and turn them in to publishers so that I will have a portfolio to give an book agent. I have two short stories close to finished, and am thinking about three more. I’m planning on finishing my revision by the end of the year, and then during the first few months of 2018 I’ll be editing, and by May I plan on sending the draft to agents and getting into the business of writing.

Starting tomorrow, I will be writing 1000 words a day again on the new revision. I’m excited to see where things go throughout this year.

Also, while this blog started out for mostly writing, I will be posting more about aspects of my life. Since writing is my passion it will be a focus, but I’ll be talking about more than just writing from now on.

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