First Draft Finished!


I never knew it would have been so difficult to finish the first draft of my debut novel, but in fact it has taken nearly eight whole years. It is still only a first draft, but my celebrations have already begun, just imagine what I will be like when it eventually gets published? The most difficult thing is actually one of the most common obstacles that writers face; time. Time seems to fly by, especially when you have a full time job, trying hard to pay the bills and raising a child.

However, it has really been the last year and a half where I have knuckled down, been very serious about my plan and stuck to it as much as free time allows really. And it has paid off. It is an exciting feeling, but relief too.

There are many things still left to do of course. I have notes and notes of extras to add in, change bits here, change bits there. After this is all complete, I will take the editing process really serious indeed. Going through line by line for grammatical errors, repetitions and continuity errors. My plan after that is to tighten up my dialogue so its feel very realistic and as authentic as possible for each different character. I am a little worried that some characters ‘speak’ very similar to each other, so im going to have to have a closer look at that. But I think it is really healthy to do the editing process bit by bit, rather than multitasking and trying to fit in everything all at once. Im almost certain to fail, it would be just too much and well my gender already gives me a disadvantage to begin with ;0)

When that is all done, I will start to try and find a suitable agent. Depending on how this goes will make my mind up on what type of publishing I will lean towards. Self publishing is a very attractive offer at the moment, but I want my debut novel to have the best possible start in life. I have just bought the latest edition of The Writers and Artists Handbook 2013 to aid me in my quest. (I will however write a separate post in the future regarding my past dealings with agents). Whilst I am waiting to hear back from agents, I will start to plan in detail what will happen in Book 2, which as of yet remains untitled. I do have a few circling ideas, but the whole picture remains a little unclear. There is plenty for me to research, which will include The River Acheron and Cerberus for those of you who are interested.

The Black Petal has come along quite nicely actually and although I will obviously come across as biased, but I think it fits together nicely offering suspense, action and cliff hangers in equal balance. I can let you know that one of the main characters is called Jack and that he lives in Lincoln, England.

Please click the ‘Follow’ button to the right to keep up to date with my blog, where news and extras will be given as the process continues. I hope you enjoy the journey with me. Wish me luck :0)

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6 thoughts on “First Draft Finished!

  1. Congratulations, Dan! Eight years is a long time 🙂 As far as the dialogue goes – Salman Rushdie is a genius when it comes to this. He has a little trick of giving people a specific voice and after a while he doesn’t use the ‘he said’ ‘she said’ because you actually know who is talking from their unique style. But his books are heavy going so put aside a lot of time if you’re thinking of reading one. He’s actually my favourite author.

    Good luck with the second draft 🙂

    1. Thanks for the advice Dianne. I will be sure to check that out!

  2. Congratulations Dan, great first name for one of your main characters!

    1. Haha thanks Jack! I didn’t sit there trying to think of a name. It was always Jack; no question about it 🙂

      1. Interesting, did other characters have numerous revised names? 🙂

      2. If I’m honest, yes. Two characters went through numerous name changes and one of the other ‘main’ characters has gone through just the one.

        His original name was too ‘American’ for his background in Victorian England and so I found a website with the top 200 names in the year 1883 and went through one by one. I made a list of about 6 I liked and put them into a hat and pulled one out. The name might actually be lost on the readers but at the very least it has remained authentic and realistic. In a fantasy novel, I feel you need to have elements of realism in order to highlight the more ‘fantasy’ elements.

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