I don’t often talk about my personal projects. Not unless I’m trying to promote them. But if they’re a work in progress I just focus on the work and get it done.
Well my first novel is coming up to the finish line, and I’m taking a moment to reflect the past eight months.
When I had started the book back around Christmas, 2011 I had planned on 50 thousand words and 20 chapters. Which if you brake it down comes to about 2k words a chapter. It was good goal and my opinion is that you should set one like it for yourself. At least for a first novel. It gives you something to strive for.
Now that I’m nearing the completion of the novel, I’m going into chapter 28 and have around 66k words to show for it. With probably another five chapters to go. And I’m very excited.
My writing group has been very positive about this alpha read and they’ve been giving me the support that I’ll need to take with me into the edits. And from what I’ve heard, and go already tell, will be where most of the work is actually done. I can already see where things will need to be beefed up, cut out, and moved around. There are themes that I need to really make sure are stressed.
So I have a new goal going into the rewrite. I’d like to have it done in four months. This will have put me at a year for my first book. Which from what I’ve gathered is pretty normal. Though, Martin has taken six years to write “A Dance With Dragons,” so really I’m doing really well.
Once the rewrite is done, I’ll hand it off to some trusted people that I’ve chosen to be my Beta readers. I’ll want them to focus on content and give me their initial feel for the book. Once I get those back–and depending on their reaction–I’ll either do another draft or send it off for copy-editing.
It’s been a fun ride to see this story come together. I can’t wait to see what the Betas will think of it.