It's still hard to take in.
I feel lucky. Ten or so years and half a dozen novels later, I've finally produced something I really hope people will enjoy. So while the release date is some time away, I'm still excited - I've a book due for release!
In the meantime I wanted to blather on a bit about the way I work in that early stage. It's basically an explosion of words, that first draft. It's fun too. (And then, in subsequent drafts, the hard work begins.)
But from start to finish, using a general dot point outline for the story and another for the characters, I can produce a first draft in around three months if I'm motivated. If I'm not, I take a bit longer. For City of Masks, I think it was closer to four - but it felt fast. Wild even. Mistakes, notes, sub plots that went no-where, stupid dialogue - rough writing, it was all in there.
But that was fine. A first draft isn't meant to even get a glimpse of 'perfect.' That's being way too hard on yourself. Instead my first draft was burned onto the page (well, screen) in a flurry of words and when I sat back at the end, I gave a sigh of relief and felt a little sad.
The fun part, the writing with abandon, of chasing my characters through, around and beyond the outline, was over.
Now the real work would begin.
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Ashley Capes is an Australian writer of fiction, poetry and very occasional non-fiction.
Imperial Towers (Never Book 5) - draft 1
Moss Dragon - draft 1
Reed Lavender (working title) - draft 1
Unnamed Spec Fic - draft 1
Whisper of Leaves (sequel) - Outline