First Draft, Check!

Earlier this week I finished my rough draft of Whispers. And there was much rejoicing.

The draft topped out at just over 60,000 words. Funny how it took me a month to write 50,000 words, and nine months to write the other 10,000. But, that’s the magic of Nanowrimo.

It’s been a long time since I finished a rough draft. Well, I rough draft I was somewhat happy with, that is. For Nanowrimo 2009, I wrote an entire draft of Falling in Love with the Wind, but I was never really happy with that story. That’s a topic for another day, but basically even months after “finishing” it, I still wasn’t sure what the story was really about. I recently had an epiphany about that, but again, that’s a whole other story.

So the last first draft I really finished was for Nanowrimo 2007. That was also the first year I actually “won” Nanowrimo (read: made it to 50,000 words within the month). That story was Special Blend, and I thought it was done. Not perfect, not without need of editing, but done. How very wrong I was.

Now that Whispers is through it’s first stage, I’m bringing Special Blend back. It needs a lot of work. If you follow me on twitter, you’re gonna see me doing a lot of #writingpartys where I’m just outlining. Since I’ve already written the story once, I mostly know what’s going to happen, so I’m trying to outline it before I really delve into rewriting it. For those of you who are curious, I’m using the Snowflake Method. I’ll talk more about that in a later post, but so far it’s been very helpful. In a few months I’ll get to do this with Whispers, and I’m really excited for that.

Special Blend, which I’m currently just calling “Blake and Logan” until I come up with a title that actually fits, is about two college students making a bunch of mistakes and falling in love. When I wrote it originally, they were a few years older then me. Now they’re a few years younger. I’m not sure how I’ll go about writing it once I’m done with the outline (I may start from scratch, or I may drag out the old draft and see if anything is salvagable), but I’m really enjoying the revision process so far. I’m never really carried a story from first draft to second draft, but this story is a great place go start. It’s really the story I’ve thought most about, and it’s undergone the most changes.

This post was supposed to be about Whispers, but I guess I’ll save that for next time.

About Lucy

Lucy lives in Portland, OR, and likes to write about books, anime, and relatable teens living their lives (magical or otherwise). She's a co-host on the CLAMPCAST IN WONDERLAND and WRITE PLACE/WRITE TIME podcasts.
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