I FINISHED MY FIRST DRAFT YESTERDAY!
I went into the weekend with four chapters partially written. On Saturday, I finished the first two pretty easily. And then on Sunday, with only two chapters and ~2,000 words left, a weird (or not so weird) thing happened: I didn’t want to finish my first draft.
For the past 13 months, I’ve pushed off certain problems with the story. “Cara, don’t worry about it now. This is a first draft. You can figure it out later.” And now later has arrived. It’s terrifying.
I procrastinated. I did four loads of laundry, finished my Christmas shopping, wrapped all the gifts and put them under the tree. But eventually I forced myself back in front of my laptop because I needed to finish the first draft over the weekend, before the holidays and before my parents come into town for a full week (no writing will get done then). So with great reluctance I eked out the final two chapters.
- Second draft, focusing on inconsistencies, plot changes, and expanding emotion/description. I’ll also take a first pass at going through my writing weaknesses checklist
- Send second draft to my fabulous beta reader and hope she doesn’t think it’s awful
- Think about themes, etc.
- Re-write blurb
- Try writing a synopsis (there’s a first time for everything)
- See what my beta reader says and make any necessary adjustments
I’ll stop the list there. If I get too far ahead of myself, I may have a panic attack.
Happy holidays to those celebrating!