So a thing happened. Last night I was in a really bad mood, I’d had a test that day, I wasn’t feeling very well, and I was very disheartened by the fact that i hadn’t done any work on my book for two weeks because of university commitments! But, I sat myself down at 6:30 with the idea that I would write just one scene, that was all. That was my goal.
So, goal in mind, I sat down at my desk, my cat on my lap, a cup of decaf beside me, and I began to write … and write … and write. Oh my gosh I have never had such an intense writing session before. It started with one scene, the prelude to the big, dramatic scene towards the end. I wrote it, and I love it. But I couldn’t stop there. It was time to write the scene. My book’s equivalent of every episode 9 of GoT. The twist, the revelation, the questions answered and the new questions that arise. The game changer.
But I still couldn’t stop. I wrote that scene, my heart thumping loudly in my chest, and then I thought … I can’t just stop. I need to write what happens next! And like the total writing addict I have become, I wrote until 2am … until the first draft of my book was complete.
So currently, my manuscript stands at 98,100 words. I still have a hell of a lot of work to do. Now the real fun begins, editing. I also need to start investigating on how to actually get published, at what stage I should start sending the manuscript off? Should I get an agent? Hire a professional editor? I need to work all of that stuff out. But before I do that, I need to fix some weak parts in the manuscript and file down some rough edges to get it up to scratch. I am aware of a few inconsistencies I need to fix, as well as one gap that needs filling. I am very excited to start, though I suspect I may be re-using the Frodo meme when it’s over.
But for now, I am content to revel in the fact that the biggest, most challenging part is complete. I have now written something that someone can read front to back, start to finish. Sure, it’s still rough and needs some work, but it’s there. It’s something.
I am so proud of myself.