Back in October I started the second draft of my (still untitled) British crime novel.
I wanted to put the skills I’d honed during the 2 and a half years spent studying creative writing into action. At 22:00 yesterday, I typed the final words of the epilogue. RE-WRITE COMPLETE!
This month I’ve worked my way through the final 50 pages and 15k words. There were a few sections in the first draft that I’d put holding (more on this later) comments. They’ve now been written so after a long EIGHT months I now have a completed draft of my book. And, it feels GREAT 😀
There’s still a lot of work to do to reach the standard I want, more editing and some tweaks to the plot. But, my major goal for 2012 was to complete this draft. Done that!
Time to place the completed manuscript into the drawer for a couple of weeks and then read it with fresh eyes. I don’t know about you, but I don’t re-read each chapter after a new draft. If I did that I would end up editing the same few pages over and over. And, over. I re-write and move forward.
Why is my novel untitled?
I did have a title for a long time and someone
stole used it. I only have myself to blame. If I’d edited the book back in 2006 when I finished the first draft the title was unique. Now, not so much. I do have a few ideas in mind so when I finish the next draft I will decide then. See what fits.
I’m OCD about saving my work. I once got out of bed to turn my laptop back on to save my book to a flash drive. Previously, I’ve lost a whole chapter when my computer had a nervous breakdown. That teaches you to SAVE YOUR WORK.
So, I have a printed copy; the copy on my laptop; two flash drives with the full folder of files and I will email it to myself. Just to make sure I have enough copies. Paranoid Pete to the rescue!
I will leave you with a picture taken last week in sunny Cleethorpes! The rain returned today across most of the UK. Summer over already?
Thanks for reading.