I have finished the first draft of Dreaming of Sleep! Total word count 93,137 words.
It seems an eternity ago when I started it for NaNoWriMo 2010. There have been major changes, not least renaming the main character several times before finally settling on Hayden Monroe. I was thinking of modelling him on this guy:
It has been a challenge, but I've learnt a lot. I now know what does and does not work for me as a novelist. I know I'm neither a planster or a plotter, but a plotster,which is halfway between the two.
So what will happen to Hayden Monroe now? He and the manuscript are being put aside for a few weeks, so that I can prepare for my next project. Hopefully, when I pick up the manuscript again, it will be with a fresh outlook. No doubt scenes will need to be re-worked or cut, and I will curse at sentences that need tightening and silly grammatical errors I should have spotted. But doing the first edit is my favourite part of writing - we get to play God with our stories. How about you? Do you enjoy the first read through and edit?
Now check out the fabulous working cover art for Alex J. Cavanaugh's sequel to CassaStar, CassaFire. Isn't it spectacular? I can't wait for it's release next year. If you haven't read CassaStar, and you're a science fiction lover, why not? I know you will love it.
See you tomorrow for the Novel Films Blogfest.