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After Eight Years, There's Finally a First Draft

Well, I’ve done it. I have finally completed the first draft of my novel.

This is my “job well done” face.

This is kind of a big deal, because I’ve been working on some version of this story since 2004, and I’ve finally gotten around to actually finishing. Hooray!

My big, final hurdle was the battle scene. All the responses I got to my research post were really helpful, because they got me to tone down my perfectionism a little bit. I was determined to read and memorize De Re Militari before writing any part of that battle and I finally realized that I was over-thinking it wayyyy too much. No one was going to care if I did or did not use the proper terminology for the parts of the army, and even if they did, that was something I could fix in the editing stages. That whole realizing that there ARE editing stages was super helpful too.

So anyway. The first draft is finished, and now the real work begins. Time to press-gang my friends and roommates into being beta readers for me!

Happy snake is happy!

8 thoughts on “After Eight Years, There's Finally a First Draft

  1. Congrats on reaching your goal.

  2. Wow, that is the happiest snake ever! Hahaha.
    Also, well done! It’s a good feeling huh, getting that first draft finished? 🙂

    1. I know! So cute! I know it’s probably actually trying to bite someone, but I just can’t look at it without going “awwww.”

      It really is a good feeling. I know editing is a lot of work, but somehow it feels like it’s going to be easier now that I have a beginning, a middle, and an end. 😀

      1. Yep, I agree – with editing, the direction is already set, and I find it is often therapeutic almost. Or maybe I’m just weird haha. But I really like the editing part, especially the finer editing, tweaking things to perfection. 🙂

  3. If you need assistance with military terms and organization, let me know. I was in the Marine Corps for three years then served in the Army for 19 years. My work in the Marine Corps as combat correspondent put me in about every unit in two divisions. In the Army I served as a combat intelligence officer and also in counterintelligence investigations. If I can be of assistance, let me know.

    1. Thanks, I appreciate the offer! Alas, modern terminology probably won’t be of much use in a medieval fantasy setting. 🙂

  4. Yay! Get that puppy out there! Can’t wait to read it.

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