Draft one. Finished.

24 Jul

Warning. This is a blatant ask for pats on the back and other accolades.

I finished the first draft of my novel yesterday!

It was pretty exciting. I was sitting in our home office and with the fanfare of a parade, dove release, fireworks, and champagne toast all rolled into one, I saved the first draft of my novel. Except that I was just alone in workout clothes and it was more like, hey I finished.

Feeling the weight of my accomplishment, I started harassing my husband at work so someone could share in my excitement aside from my dog, Penny (who was actually sleeping). I started toying with “Guess what, I have good news!” to really build that anticipation (although this more likely just scared him into thinking I was pregnant).

*Side note*

Other good news I wish I could have shared would be:

“I won the lottery even though I never buy tickets!”

“Someone put a pool in our backyard!”

“I’m going to be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune!” I really think I could dominate that game, and I want to meet the well-preserved Pat Sajak and Vanna White.

Sorry, ADD brain. It feels good, but there is still a long road ahead. This is like building the foundation of a house (well, I would assume): a good start but not a home. To me this is actually where the real writing begins. Additions added; parts ripped out, changed, and rearranged.

And for my many fans who keep asking for a glimpse (all three of you), it’s not what I would call “readable” yet. Just as no one wants to live in a foundation, no one should want to read a first draft.

So now what? I re-write and edit and essentially create my second draft. The first step is complete and you would never run a marathon without taking the first step. Right? The house foundation analogy just wasn’t enough…

I would also like to thank two large cups of iced coffee and my 1980’s Songza station, “Your Own John Hughes Movie” for really bringing me home yesterday.

Write on.

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2 Responses to “Draft one. Finished.”

  1. Ninz July 24, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    CONGRATS KATCH!!!! So exciting. Seriously, I want to sleep on the foundation (or whatever). SEND SEND SEND.

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