Jun 03

I’ve finished the first draft of my third book.

It’s 175,000 words. That would translate to something like 575 pages, which is obviously way too long. Indeed, that’s twice as long as my first book, and more than three times the length of my second.

But getting everything down on paper – or in cyberspace as it is these days – is the hardest bit. Putting your arse on a chair in front of your computer for hours a day, for days on end… that’s the most difficult thing.

Just “vomit it all out” as one of my writing students said in class a few years back. Once we have a framework, a start, something to work with, a rough guide, then honing and chipping away at it (or hacking away as will be the case with me), you can do that. I can’t do anything if it’s in my head.

So I am happy I’ve got the first bit over and done with. It has taken me the guts of five months, and that was with the lock-down. Without coronavirus it would have taken years I’m sure.

Now I’m going to take a break from it. It’s only the third book I’ve written in the last 13 years or so, therefore it’s right to take a breather. I need space to analyse what I’ve written, to mull it over and think about it. I will get back to it over the summer I’m sure.

My aim is to chop it in half, and hopefully have a completed book – maybe the fourth draft – by the end of the year. Hope springs eternal, right?

Anyway, I’m off to celebrate. Take care, be safe, and stay healthy.

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