Monday, January 23, 2012

First draft of new story completed

I just finished the first draft of a new story -- my first finished draft since my monster 7,900-word horror story last month. (Not counting flash fiction or rewrites.)

I finished the draft then immediately opened Notepad and listed out all the major problems. I came up with seven structural issues I need to address before I let anyone else read it. Mostly I need to do some more foreshadowing and establish the main conflict sooner. You know, the little things I didn't know the answer to until I was finished writing. Hopefully I can find some simple solutions.

The story is about 2,900 words but will probably grow another 500 to 1,000 words since I tend to underwrite in the first draft. I guess I also need a name for it -- make that issue number eight. :)

You could say this one is dark fantasy. I wrote the first 500 words a year ago and then stalled out, so I've been thinking about this one for a while. Feels good to be making progress again.


Milo James Fowler said...

Progress is the best, and success can sometimes be just moving in the right direction.

Folly Blaine said...

Very true. It's been helpful having Write 1 Sub 1 as a motivation, too. What you've accomplished/produced alone has been inspiring.