I think I just finished the first draft of my novel.
There are scenes missing and a lot of cleaning up to do, but I think I’m there. The first draft is as complete as it’s going to be.
I feel remarkably calm. I think it’s because I’m aware of how much work I have to do now.
I’m going to do a ‘scene grid’ or, as I like to think of it, a ‘motif grid’, as recommended by Stuart Horwitz. There are several things that came up during my last few scenes that I realize are key to the story and the character, and I want to make sure I’m getting them in early and often.
I’m going to try not to get overwhelmed in the revision process. Then, hopefully I’ll have a second draft, ready for polishing when I go to UnCon in November.
I do enjoy my StoryADay stuff and the non-fiction writing I do, but nothing quite compares to the way I feel after I’ve written a piece of fiction. It’s lovely.