If you’ve read my last post you’ll recall that I finished the first draft of my novel last week.
This week I finished typing it up and looked at the word count…
Where did all those words go?
What I don’t know yet is whether this is my style, and that could mean shorter novels or more likely short first drafts that expand into detail with the second draft. Or, should I have spent more time on the first draft?
There have been times when it has felt like a race. A need to get the story out of my head and onto paper. Then, when I can see its full shape I can start to play with the boundaries, to pull here and push there.
But there has also been a need to produce something. To show that I’m not just messing around here.
Does anyone else do this?
Other writers always seem to talk about how much they write, about needing to cut out huge chunks or split their enormous manuscript into a trilogy.
Is writing small amounts something that will change with practice? Is it a matter of style? After all, I’m well aware that the first draft is, in some ways, just the start of the journey and I’m keen to get on with the next part.
I guess only time will tell. Catch up with me this time next year and I’ll let you know how it went!