Yesterday, I celebrated my country’s freedom from bad cooking, Received Pronunciation, and taxation without representation. Tomorrow, I will celebrate my temporary freedom from first drafting. You see, tonight I finished the first draft of the longest book I have ever written. The space opera I’ve been trying to write for years finally came together.
A few notes on the process:
-I started this novel on November 1, 2019, after a couple of months of figuring out the plot and the characters. Start to finish production has taken slightly over 8 months and produced 102926 words. If I sound like I just won the lottery, I do kind of feel that way, even though there is a lot of work ahead.
-Plans for the space opera: I need to rename pretty much everyone and everything, nail down some world-building details, and then do my “polishing,” a combination of plot/world-building fixes, character development and scene expansion, and just fiddly rewording and proofing.
-One lesson learned: when I have nearly unlimited free time, I don’t actually tend to use it for writing. When I was on administrative leave from work (due to COVID-19), I didn’t get that many words down. Too many distractions, too many things to do around the house. When I started working from home, it actually helped. Working from home restricted my free time just enough to make me use it responsibly, while actually leaving me a decent amount of free time, which wasn’t always the case when I was commuting. Count me in the pro-telework camp, for what it’s worth.