Done!

Only took 9 months, but the first draft of my first book is complete. Phew. Now I can put it aside for a little while and start on something else. I’ve already began writing my next book, which I’m so excited to write because the main character is heaps of fun to write.

Then i’ll begin the painful process of re-reading my own writing, which will be as fun as sticking needles in my eyes. Probably a similar experience I reckon.

~~ Ari

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Finishing a book is hard!

I know exactly what I need to write, I know how the final scene has to play out and what each character will do and say. Yet, I’m writing at a snails pace.

Had a bit of a setback last week where I realised what I had written didn’t quite work. There was a scene involving a building being blown up, which wasn’t an issue until I was informed that the explosives weren’t positioned in such a way that the building would come down.

One tiny mistake ended up forcing me to cut and rewrite a large chunk of that chapter because now it didn’t make sense for the characters to end up where they did. Although I’m still not happy with what I wrote, it’ll do for now. I’ll attack it again in draft 2.

I’m so close to finishing, if I could get out more than a couple hundred words a day, I’d easily finish by the end of the week.

Ugh.

~~ Ari

 

Me in April 2017: I’m going to finish my first draft in 6 months!

Me in September 2017: I’m going to finish my first draft by the end of the year!

Me in December 2017: I’m going to finish my first draft by April next year!

Me right now: Shouldn’t I be writing?

Originally my goal was to get the first draft completed by the end of the year, put it aside for a month while I start my next book, and then get back to it later for the first lot of editing.

That didn’t really work out. As of now I have less than two chapters to go, not the way I wanted to start off the year, but better than what could have been. Fingers crossed that by this time next week, I’ll be able to say I’ve written draft 1 of my first book.

 

And before I go,

Happy New Year!

 

~~ Ari

 

The Home Stretch

After months and months of creating, planning, and writing, I’m finally only a few chapters away from completing my first draft. Once I have the entire story written down, I can get to fixing up scenes.

But I need to actually finish first.

When I first began writing, I was told that the first 30,000 words would be the hardest. But for me, I think the last few chapters are giving me more trouble than the first few ever did.

I know exactly what’s going to happen, I can imagine the remaining events in my head, and writing it all down is proving to be exhausting. It may be because I’ve played it over and over again in my head, or that I’m not the best when it comes to action scenes.

On a positive note, it’s so exciting seeing everything come together! All these ideas inside my head have been woven into a story.

 

~~Ari

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