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The draft is dead, long live the draft.

I think it would be a fair assumption that most writers feel something similar to me when the 1st draft of a new story is finished.

Relieved. Nervous. Knackered. At a bit of a loose end.

I started the final chapter in The Emperor Initiative series – Tiberius Crowned – during a self-imposed NaNoWriMo challenge and wrote 55,000 words in a 30-day period starting mid-March. And it’s taken from mid-April until now to finish it off. It turned into a bit of a slog but Saturday (3nd May) saw it finished. It felt good to have it finally down in black & white, waiting for the real work of editing and rewriting to happen.

However, I was left with the age-old dilemma of what to do next. I’m itching to start work on a WW1 thriller that I’ve been mulling over for a few weeks now – but to tell the truth I’ve already been making notes and jotting ideas down. It’ll mark a departure for me from straight YA adventures to a full-blown adult thriller and I know it’ll be a whole different ball-game. But fun, I think.

I knew what I needed to concentrate on first though – the next edit of my 1920’s-set YA supernatural adventure Oliver Drummond and the Four Horsemen. I originally wrote it as an adult piece but realised that wasn’t working, so re-jigged it with a fifteen year old as the protagonist. It’s still far too wordy and needs heavy trimming. Okay, maybe full on surgery. But has, I think, great potential. The edit started yesterday and the word drop has already proven substantial.

Does it hurt other writers cutting good writing but knowing it just doesn’t fit the bill so has to go? Hope so.

I’m looking to publish Oliver Drummond and the Four Horsemen mid-to-late summer, so will post updates as they happen.

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My NaNoWriMo challenge – Days 26-30

After having reached the 50k word target on day 25 I continued to write out the full 30 days of the challenge. In the five days (26-30) I wrote an extra 5,681 words (average 1,136) bringing the total to 55,737 words, 11% up on target with an average words count over the 30 days of 1,858.

To be honest I’m not sure if I could have accomplished this had I been working.

Tiberius Crowned is, roughly, about two-thirds written (first draft) and coming along nicely. There were a few sequences and mechanics that were proving to be awkward but I’m pretty happy with how they’ve worked out and it’s looking in good shape.

From my experience of doing two NaNoWriMo challenges (one official, one not) is the importance of having a plan. If I had to think each day of what area or sequence I was going to write then I doubt if I would have done half as many words. The plan acts as the stepping stones and allows me to concentrate on the writing, not the thinking. 

I hope that if you haven’t already given the NaNoWriMo challenge a try then you do so in November.

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My NaNoWriMo challenge – Days 21-25

It’s been a few days since my last NaNoWriMo update post on writing 50,000 words for Tiberius Crowned, but here are the totals for days 21 – 25:

Words       +          Total        Remaining

  • 21) 1,887      220        42,637        7,363
  • 22) 2,074     407        44,711         5,289
  • 23) 1,776      109        46,487        3,513
  • 24) 1,738      71          48,225        1,775
  • 25) 1,831      164         50,056        -56

So, SUCCESS!! The 50k mark was achieved five days early but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop. I might not crank out the 1,667 average but I’ll still add words to the total. The finished word count for first draft will be in the region of 75k-80k so it’s about two-thirds written (theoretically).

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My NaNoWriMo challenge – Day 20

So coming up to 5.30pm on day 20 of my NaNoWriMo 30-day challenge and today I wrote an extra 2,059 words, 392 words over the daily average target, for Tiberius Crowned.

 
So the tally reads:
Target amount : 50,000
Previous total  : 38,691
Today’s total    : 2,059
Total so far       : 40,750
Remaining        : 9,250

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Ny NaNoWrMo challenge – Day 19

So coming up to 7pm on day 19 of my NaNoWriMo 30-day challenge and today I wrote an extra 2,346 words, 679 words over the daily average target, for Tiberius Crowned.

 
So the tally reads:
Target amount : 50,000
Previous total  : 36,345
Today’s total    : 2,346
Total so far       : 38,691
Remaining        : 11,309

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My NaNoWriMo challenge – Day 18

So close to 7pm on day 18 of my NaNoWriMo 30-day challenge and today I wrote an extra 1,727 words, 60 words over the daily average target, for Tiberius Crowned.

 
So the tally reads:
Target amount : 50,000
Previous total  : 34,618
Today’s total    : 1,727
Total so far       : 36,345
Remaining        : 13,655

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My NaNoWriMo challenge – Day 17

So a little after 9pm on day 17 of my NaNoWriMo 30-day challenge and today I wrote an extra 1,982 words, 315 words over the daily average target, for Tiberius Crowned.

 
So the tally reads:
Target amount : 50,000
Previous total  : 32,636
Today’s total    : 1,982
Total so far       : 34,618
Remaining        : 15,382

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