Sunday, 26 August 2012

First draft FINISHED!




It's taken six months of writing like a demon while the baby naps and snatching time whenever the boyfriend takes him out and about but I've done it! I've finished the first draft of novel 3 - all 123,110 words of it!

There's a hell of a lot of rewriting and editing to be done, not least how I structure the two narratives so neither suffers from a drop in tension when there's a switch (anyone done that successfully or read a book that does?) but I'm really excited. I can't wait to whip this book into shape (not least because my agent will be promoting it at Frankfurt so I need to get it finished ASAP). I worked on HOME FOR CHRISTMAS for what felt like forever and can't believe this is only the third first draft I've completed.

Thanks for all your agent questions. Maddy will be answering them in September.


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19 comments:

Guy Saville said...

Huge congratulations, Cally, esp given the tricky working conditions! As you say the hard work (ie editing) is yet to begin but just getting the first draft out of the way is half the battle... hope you steam towards the finishing line now :o)

Suzanne Furness said...

Congratulations. Hope the editing goes smoothly.

Rebecca Alexander said...

Well done! Me too, now I'm wrestling with structural edits and debating cutting a character out.

mmshaunakelley said...

Nothing quite like finishing that first draft! Congrats!

Cally Taylor said...

Guy - true, at least I've got something to work with now and am no longer conjuring out of thin air!

Suzanne - thank you

Rebecca - have you set yourself a date to complete it by?

Shauna - cheers!

Mama J said...

Well done, Cally. Can't wait until it's all finished (I bet you can't either) and then I can read it!

Rebecca Alexander said...

Hi Cally, I'm 22 pages from finishing a first structural edit (and resolving the two dozen post-its with things to fix), then it's off to the agent. Hopefully by the end of the week. I psychologically said end of August for the draft and September for the edits, but I'm ahead of target! Not bad with all 6 kids home... Reb

Chris Stovell said...

Cor! Well done, you ... I hope this is a good omen for me!

Talli Roland said...

Wow, fantastic, Cally! I hope to emulate you next year when my little one is around!

Cally Taylor said...

Mama J - hope you like it, it's very different from my previous two novels!

Rebecca - wow, sounds like you're ploughing through it. Can't believe how much you get done with 6 kids to look after. I struggle with one!

Chris - thank you! Sending good omens your way :)

Talli - you'll probably write two! There aren't many writers that work as hard as you x

Flowerpot said...

Well done Cally - enjoy that feeling of achievement!

Hayley said...

Congratulations! Am so looking forward to the day I can send a first draft to my agent ;)
Have just sent a query to Madeleine, referred to myself as 'a YA version of Cally Taylor' - haven't stopped cringing since, mortified to my very marrow...the things we do...
Good luck with the editing - look forward to reading it!

Cally Taylor said...

Thanks Flowerpot.

Hayley - Ha! That made me laugh out loud. How flattering! Hope you do well x

Hayley said...

Very gracious of you! I hope Ms M has the same reaction to my manuscript! Will let you know...x

womagwriter said...

Congratulations! There was me swanning round Peru and there's you, completing the first draft. I have a long way to go but have begun (today the process of picking it up again.

Good luck with the edits.

Fiona Pearse said...

I did 40,000 words with no baby distractions - I don't know how you've done it! Enjoy the moment.

Michelle Woollacott said...

Well done, it's a long old slog! Especially with all the distractions of every day life!

Karen said...

Yay! Hope the editing's going well :o)

Cally Taylor said...

Womag - your Peru trip sounds amazing. Novel slogging or exploring? I know which one I'd rather do!

Fiona - thanks. And congrats on the 40,000 words.

Michelle - I know. Life has a lot to answer for!

Karen - getting there slowly but surely