I made a promise to myself when I started this blog up again a little over a year ago that I wouldn’t use the blog to put extra pressure on myself.
This morning, I finished the last chapter of a book I’ve worked on for eleven years. I’ve done six different half drafts of the book—all with different characters, starting in different places. Earlier this year, I started all over again—brand new words, brand new draft—and today, 170,000 words later, I have a book.
Which is pretty amazing when you come to think about it.
Now, here’s where the writer half-truths come in. If I were speaking to a large group at a library or somewhere in the future, and someone who has read the book asks me how long I worked on it, I would say about fifteen years start to finish.
That’s completely true. I started the research in the year 2000 or so, and did my first writing on the book in 2003 or 2004. I wrote a lot of drafts, but never finished one, because I started in the wrong place with the wrong point of view characters (once I even switched the setting to another city).
So I would also tell the group that I “rewrote” the book at least six times before they got to see the finished product. In reality, I wrote six different versions. And believe you me, this thing was hard to finish because I had made it hard. After you try and fail to complete something several times, you worry that you’ll never finish—or at least, I do.
Anyway, 170,000 words. Done. Finito.
What happens next is anyone’s guess, because I don’t care at the moment. I want to see a movie, have too much food, and maybe nap. Read something I’m not required to read. Go shopping. And maybe nap.
In fact, I suspect I’ll nap.
What I’m not up for is a long blog post on the industry. This week, the industry can take of itself.
I’ll be back next week, with clear and cogent thoughts about something.
Or at least, I’ll have a longer post. 🙂
See you then!
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