by Shelt Garner
While it’s actually a hodge-podge of scenes from different drafts, I have finally gotten down something akin to a proto-first draft of the first act of the novel. I spent several hours in the middle of the night doing it, but I finally managed to get everything sorted out.
Now I need to go through it and edit everything so it’s some semblance of a cohesive document. The I use that annotation to write a actual first draft that hopefully will, for once, extent all the way to the end of the first book of a two book story.
I’m very pleased with what I’ve managed to come up with. Though I did have to make every possible mistake to get to this point. But a few times last night I could feel things “click” for once. I have a huge amount of work ahead of me, but also a deadline — I’m going to wrap this thing up in months, not years.
It is a strange feeling where I know all I have to do is keep moving forward to succeed, but I still don’t have any sense of when this particular journey is going to end — or what its destination is other than simply finishing a novel, period.