On 31 December 2014 The Indoor Writer completed the first draft of her novel (at 5.15pm to be precise). The target was to get this done by the end of the year, so she made it by the skin of her teeth.
Here it is in all it's glory - 434 pages.here.)
What happens next? What happens beyond the first draft?
Well, Stephen King in his memoir 'On Writing' advocates printing out the manuscript, reading it through and marking up the changes. So the beast has been printed and a read through is the next step. We suspect it needs a lot more work than a 'mark-up', but it's a start and the plan is to first identify any significant problems in the narrative i.e. plot threads, character issues, research gaps etc.
The spreadsheet is in place and we're all set for SECOND DRAFT.
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