“How long does it take to write a book? “A question I’ve been asked more than once!
“As long as it takes,” is my stock answer.
However, with regards to the first draft of Book Baby4, 603 days is the real answer.
Yes, I’ve FINALLY finished the first draft!!!! WOO HOO!!!
This one has put up a fight, I can tell you! However, I’m pleased with the first draft that I have written.
Writing the first draft of anything can be a challenge. When it’s done, you’re left with something that in places is far from perfect but in others is spot on. Already, I know in my heart, there are a few scenes that need a little TLC so I guess this is where the real work begins.
There’s a quote that’s kept me going when the words have failed to flow..
So, after 603 days, what do I have to show for my efforts?
Well, I have this….
Already 70% of it has been typed up and re-drafted (first time round). That portion has had it’s first spell check/grammar check treatment too.
There’s still a huge pile of work to be done between now and this Book Baby’s actual “birth”. To keep the pregnancy/birth analogy going, I’d say I’m in the first phase of labour.
I have a title in mind….. no, I’m not revealing it yet.
I have a cover design half-formed in my head…. no, I’m not revealing that just yet.
I have a birth date (publication date) in mind…. No, I’m not sharing that yet either!
With the help and love and support of my “Infamous Five”, my wonderfully patient alpha readers, it’s time to build some sandcastles.
Now, who has the bucket and spade?
(quote and bucket and spade image sourced via Google – credits to the owners)