This morning I finished my first ever draft of a novel. A WHOLE novel. What I wrote. Me.
I know that for real, proper authors this isn’t a big deal – and maybe it shouldn’t be such a big deal? But it really is. Not only am I a bit of a procrastinator, and have all the usual writerly hangups about fear of failure, etc etc, but I have genuinely struggled over the last year or so with life in general and self-doubt and all the rest of it. Anyway, no more, I have achieved my next writing goal and finished an entire novel, and I’m blooming proud of myself.
I’m not sure of the exact word count because a) it needs quite a lot of rewriting and knocking into shape and what have you. It is the epitome of Anne Lamott’s “s****y first draft” but it’s definitely got a decent novel in there. And b) because the last leg was all done longhand in my cheapy, scruffy, beloved reporter’s notebook, so I’m about to start typing it up ready to print out. And from there, I’ll leave it for a few days before attacking it with a pencil and red biro. In the meantime, donning a Real Writer’s mantle, I have a competition entry to write, a new ebook to plan (my first is HERE in case I haven’t mentioned it before…) and my nearly-finished historical to get to the finishing line. And, by the way, this is HUGELY more likely having finished one first draft. So it’s more than likely that in a couple of months I will have TWO finished first drafts of novels and in six months I will hopefully have both rewritten, polished, and out on submission. Which will probably mean many, many anguished blog posts and practising gracious responses to rejection.
So, because I know EVERYONE is agog to know the details of my masterpiece, here you go…
It’s a YA thriller, aimed at the younger end of the age range (around 11-16), and the working title (thanks to the very brilliant MarshallBuckley) is SKIVE. The pitch, developed a little from the one I gave my twitter pals this morning (and, btw, trying to get across the point of book on twitter in as few tweets as possible is brilliant practice for pitching), is…
Nicky skives off the school trip to Newcastle & ends up on a quest for a mysterious artefact, involving supernatural villains & a ghost who can’t quite get over his death.
I have practiced my award acceptance speech and put the champagne in the fridge. All of which are, as well as this blog post, quite obviously new avoidance tactics for starting the revision…
6 thoughts on “FINISHED”
Woohoo! Huzzah! Congratulations, you hard-working writer!
Utterly delighted for you and looking forward to buying it in the shops.
Congratulations, that’s quite an achievement! I do like the title very much and I think you’ve got the hang of pitching.
Good luck with the revising. I’m sure you’ve got a good handle on that, too!
Bravo. It’s a good feeling, eh?
Keep that simple pitch in your head all the time – it’ll help with the edits.
Congratulations! You should be hugely proud of yourself, because it IS a big deal – at least, I think so. I love your pitch. Best of luck with it and I hope I get to read it one day. xx
That sounds like a great tip above, about keeping the pitch in mind at all times during the edit. Bound to keep you focused.
I’ve already read much of the first draft (I’m special, ya see!) and its is fabulous.
Well done, Becca, what an amazing feeling to have a complete first draft.
Love the sound of your story too. Yay!