Yesterday I completed the first draft for my latest novel. No title exists yet so I’ve just been calling it the ‘Blue Bay’ novel to this point. At 158 000 words, I believe this is my longest first draft (aside from another novel that I have since discarded).
I’ve been writing the novel since August of this year, at least a few hundred words every day, but the planning for it started a couple years ago. Overall I’m pleased but I’ve definitely noticed major errors, while writing, that will need to be addressed before I can begin the editing phase. (I generally do not make corrections while writing the first draft and save these sorts of tasks for a pre-editing phase.)
However, my focus will be on editing the other novel I wrote this year (my nanowrimo “kids” novel which is currently titled ‘Playground’.) That novel I started in November — while also working on’Blue Bay’ — and it was completed earlier in December. I hope to have edits on it completed early in 2015 and will then start shopping it around. ‘Blue Bay’ should be ready for submitting to agents and publishers by late 2015.
So… still busy!
Hope you all enjoy the holidays!