First Draft Finale

fireworks 2Update: July 20th, 2014

As I emerge from off the radar isolation, I have good news! Finally, my first draft is complete. Revision here I come. And, this time, I have plenty of room to expand the plot, build the world, and lavish love on my characters.

Also, while taking a break, I (with the patient help of my niece) opened Dropbox my PC, and now all of my writing is available on each of my devices. Not exciting to those of you who have used Dropbox for years, but for me it’s a reassuring new treasure.

Oh, and I started a new book. While my sister, niece and I were playing tourist in Nederland, CO, I gravitated to the local and regional book section in Nature’s Own. House of Rain – Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest by Craig Childs levitated off the shelf into my hands. Its subject will serve as invaluable inspiration during revision, but its writing has already given me an unobtainable but wonderful goal to strive for. Mr. Childs’ prose is so beautiful and lyrical, I was riveted from the first paragraph. It’s not often a book really impresses me, but I’m recommending it twenty pages in.

My off the radar time has been productive, to say the least. Maybe I should do it more often.

How about you? If you have some time off, what do you plan to do with it?

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20 thoughts on “First Draft Finale”

  1. I was grinning ear to ear when I saw those fireworks in my Inbox, because I knew exactly what that meant–you finished that first draft! 🙂
    Yippee, and congrats!! That’s fantastic.
    One of the things that I love about writing is how it fine tunes my appreciation for a great read. Sometimes I regret that I’ve become a much fussier reader, but I think the deeper enjoyment of the prose that thrills me is worth it.
    And, as you know, I’ve been off the radar too, and had a huge surge of progress in my endless re-revision. Will there be re-re-revision after that? I hope not!

    1. Thanks so much! I know you appreciate how challenging first draft is. As for re-revision…HTRYN on my first novel was mine, and I don’t want to do that again:)

    1. This does feel good. Funny, last time I dreaded revision, but with this novel I have great possibilities. Maybe that’s because I don’t have to cut 20,000 words on this one:)

  2. Great news on finishing the first draft, I have never heard of Dropbox but it sounds more handy than a pair of in use gloves.

    I look forward to hearing your opinion of your current read when you finish it.

  3. Thanks, Ste J Dropbox really is great instead of using an external hard drive for backup. Seriously, it’s a way to keep documents or photos you couldn’t bear to loose safe and sound in the Cloud. Of course, people always say, what if the Cloud server fails but, if that happens, it would be Armageddon, so we’d have more to worry about than our computer files.

    It’ll be a while before revision is done, but I’ll be sure to drag my blog followers through my torments:)

  4. Official congrats finally 🙂 I had to take time off to start working on some personal stuff that has nothing to do with writing. Unfortunately, if I ever get any more time off I’m sure it would be used the same way.

    I think if things settle down for me, I may do some scheduling to help me get writing back to the front instead of smooshed to the back.

    1. Hey, Winter! Thanks for checking in! Life sure gets in the way of writing, doesn’t it? When things settle down again, you’ll make room for writing and be more productive than ever.

  5. I’ve just received 6 more books to keep me busy with both research and pleasure reading. Good to talk to another reader! Glad to see you back.

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