Writers: Finished My First Draft

7 02 2017

Felt a lot like this!

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This will be my fourth novel of 50K + words. What did I learn this go-around?

That Rachael Aron is right when she says “Write the fun parts first.” The writing was more enjoyable, smoother, and went faster than in past efforts.

That preparation does make a more enjoyable experience. Having files with descriptions, photos, maps, of key characters and locations helps to improvise in the rough spots.

Having a critique of the first third of the novel while writing the rest helped me finish. My writers’ group is enthusiastic about what they read and that enthusiasm carried me forward. They found parts that needed fixing and finding problems early kept them from becoming deeply entrenched and tougher to fix later.

Paying attention to this book helped me launch an appealing protagonist and create solid story beats.

So what’s the body count? One molester who pours molten silver on his genitals. An aspiring satanist embalmed alive overnight. A rock star whose soul is trapped in his LP’s entire pressing run. A possessed scientist shot dead. And a big surprise for the protagonist.

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2 responses

7 02 2017
dariusjones

Awesome!! Congratulations!!! That’s a big accomplishment and must feel great. Can’t wait to hear/read more about it!

,Darius

8 02 2017
timwburke

Thanks! 😀

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