It’s official!! The first draft of Seer is DONE!!!!!!!!!! 70,018 words, 26 completed chapters, and 157 not-quite-double-spaced-to-save-paper pages! You can tell by all the superfluous exclamation points that I’m EXCITED!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
I also sorta don’t know what to do with myself now. All the wisdom of the ages says to put it in a drawer for at least a week before I dive into revisions. Sad. But true.
At any rate, as a variation on the weekly stats, I give you:
Things I Learned While Writing This Novel
- Apparently it is possible for me to tell a story in under 100,000 words. 🙂
- It’s okay and sometimes necessary to change your outline on the fly.
- I am definitely not above bribery-by-chocolate.
- World-building as you go is an adventure, but it works out okay in the end. I think.
- Random things inserted at the beginning to add flavor to the narrative might turn out to be important later on.
- I have a very poor grasp on the actual floor plan of my building-where-everything-happens. Stairs and rooms and hallways pop up in rather odd places.
- Stories tend to develop their own sense of internal logic. This is pretty awesome. Run with it.
- I can’t remember physical descriptions of minor characters.
- I’m really good at making up history for my world and then being inconsistent with the details.
- All important conversations happen in hallways.
- I am so addicted to Facebook that I will check it during my writing time, even if I happen to be in the middle of the climax.
- I like to sit by a window when I’m writing, so I can stare out of it in proper daydreamer fashion if I happen to get stuck.
- I’m convinced my main characters have medical problems. Their hearts and stomachs do pretty strange things when they’re happy/scared/sad/excited/experiencing any kind of emotion at all. They might should get that checked out.
- My mind is a strange, strange place. But I guess I knew that already. 🙂
**does the excited dance of first draft done-ness**