Helga’s Post The Morning After
At 11:57, with three minutes to spare, my manuscript, or rather, work in progress, went into cyberspace on the way to my writing partner’s in-box.
All but 128 pages and 26,200 words.
To put it into context, my target is 360 pages, or 90,000 words. Far from being done. To explain: I decided to ditch my first novel halfway through. Couldn’t get passionate about it. So I was already way behind at that point, but that was only part of it. My story needs tons of research on a topic that is as foreign to me as learning to speak Swahili. A topic I never even liked at school: Science. In particular, biochemistry. So, for each hour of writing, I guess I had to do three hours of research. Maybe more. But once I committed to the plot I couldn’t stop that train.
I am determined to keep the pace going, which should get me to the finish line in a month. The second draft will take another month, and then I will put it aside for a while, like Joe. After that, it’s finding a home for the story. Marketing. Flooding cyberspace to get the word out.
And planning the next novel.
This has been an incredible experience for me and I can’t say it often enough: There is no way I could have done this without my writing partners. Thank you.
And a big thank you to all for sticking around.