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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Reflections on Finishing the First Readthrough of my Novel

Wow.  I just finished reading a 186 page novel--and it's the one that I wrote.

The best thing is that I enjoyed reading it.  It's been nine months or so since I put it aside, so much of it wasn't readily familiar (though, of course, I still remembered the main plot points.)  I liked seeing little bits of my life and experiences that I'd forgotten I'd put in there.  You never know, when you're friends with a writer, what little details they'll latch onto and include in their next piece.  :)

I did find a few big problems to fix, and TONS of small fixes.  I'm wordy in first drafts, and I'm fully aware of this fact.  I allow myself to be wordy so I can just get the first draft on the page, and I figure that's what editing is for.  I made a lot of corrections on the paper manuscript I printed out and read to my infant son while he was nursing, and now I'm faced with the job of putting them all in the document.  I think I'll have to work backwards too--otherwise the page numbers and reference points will all get messed up after just a few chapters.

My biggest fix is that I invented a new piece of technology about a third of the way into the story, and it really ought to be mentioned earlier--several times.  But that's what comes from writing on the fly instead of outlining.  However, despite problems like that, I think that writing on the fly worked well for me.  I may try to outline my next novel, just to see which technique I like better, but I have a feeling that I will prefer to ditch the outline method.

The problem I now face is figuring out how to make time for writing again.  For the last month it's been easy:  read/edit the novel while nursing the baby.  Now that that part's done, I'll need to figure out stretches of time where I can sit in front of a computer again--not easy since Zaxxon is attempting to give up naptime and doesn't like to respect the rules of "Quiet Time."  But I'll work something out.

I wrote a novel!

1 comment:

CNHolmberg said...

Awesome! Great that you liked the book upon rereading it. I usually get so frustrated with mine I want to burn them. ;)

Good luck with revisions!