How I Completed the Third Draft! Part 1: The Vow

Published Sunday, March 29, 2015 1:36 PM
The last post I made here was over a year and a half ago. I was fed up and failing at balancing my life as a writer with the multitude of other demands on time: twin girls, full-time job, working on a Master's Degree in education. I was trying everything I could think of: writing early in the morning, writing during my planning period, writing once a week before the sun came up on Sundays, writing in the few weeks left to me during summer vacation. Nothing was working. And I found that I had very little left to say in this forum. No one wants to read about a guy complaining about how he has no time. I know this because I had no desire to write it. If I had a few minutes to sit down, then I wanted to use them to write in my book, not a blog. I also found that I had very little left to say about writing itself. I just needed to write. There comes a time when all that's left is the hard work. The sit-down-and-do-it.

So, a year and a half ago, I vowed to not post on this blog until I was done with the third draft. And that's what I did. It's done.

In the next three blogs, I will detail how I did this and then return to regular postings, particularly as I explore the world of novel publishing.

My novel, completed for the third time, stands at 24 chapters and approximately 165,800 words (that's down about 9 or 10K from the 2nd draft which was 30 chapters plus an epilogue).

These are big steps and exciting times for me, but until next time, I'm Eric and I'm an unpublished writer.
by DMI
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