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And it’s done! With bonus teaser!

Photo by Oliver Hammond on Flickr

Photo by Oliver Hammond on Flickr

Yesterday I wrote, ‘The End’ on my first draft of my fifth book!

I have to say, considering it was supposed to be a light novella at under 30,000 words to give me a bit of a break, it kind of took on a life of it’s own!

I did skip a week at the beginning of August where I didn’t write at all (naughty, I know!), so when I realised I managed to pump out over 45,000 words in 3 weeks I was revelling in quite a lot of triumph!

I’m really starting to get my writing routine down and sticking to it 🙂

It’s always a rather exhilarating moment to finish a first draft, but it does tend to be only for a moment, because then I get the sinking feeling of knowing how much editing there is to do next 😀

And I have to say, I was worried about going back and reading this one. For some reason I got it into my head that the writing was terrible and I was going to practically be changing everything.

So, when I started reading through and looking at editing, I was pleasantly surprised it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I had told myself it would be! In fact, some parts were pretty darn good, if I do say so myself 😀

There is still plenty of editing to be done, but I have to say I’m enjoying the editing a lot more now I realise it’s much better than I thought, especially considering it’s a first draft.

And now, I am going to brave and post an unedited teaser/excerpt from my new book!

“And now, it’s time to get physical,” she said.

“Huh?” Alex asked, broken from her thoughts.

“What you like in a man, in his looks. But I think that’s pretty easy to determine.” FG slapped her wand against the desk’s surface, the bottom drawer flinging open and making Alex almost topple from her chair in surprise. From the drawer floated a dog-eared, well-read romance novel that Alex only brought out when she was certain she was alone.

“No, you can’t have that!” Alex yelled, trying to clamber over the desk to retrieve it. But it was nestled in the fairy godmother’s lap before she even had the chance.

The front cover was a vivid purple, the title, ‘Love of the Best Kind’, emblazoned in hot red, curling front across it.
“See? There is a romantic buried beneath that professional exterior of yours.” FG chuckled but Alex flushed red, sinking back into her chair and hoping it would swallow her whole.

FG flicked open the book, the crumpled pages falling open with ease. Her brows raised as she scanned the words and her eyes slowly widened.

She snapped the book shut. “Well, maybe not so romantic, but certainly passionate.”

Alex sunk further into her chair with a groan, covering her eyes with her hand.

Hope you enjoyed it!

How are you guys doing with your writing projects? Do you dread the editing phase? Have you ever been pleasantly surprised by your own work when going back and reading it over?

*As usual, I will be away over the weekend and back on Monday to reply to comments and emails 🙂 Have a brilliant weekend everyone!*

Progress Report:

Status of fifth manuscript: Editing first draft.

Books read: 5/4

Mid September Book Review: Currently reading.

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56 thoughts on “And it’s done! With bonus teaser!

  1. I love when characters get embarrassed! I enjoyed your excerpt! I often times write in the field with my goats and dog and sometimes I feel pretty distracted by them tearing the pages of my notebook or panting. When I get to the computer to transcribe it all I feel like I’m reading someone else’s novel and almost always enjoy it 🙂 I love editing so the completion of a first draft is very satisfying–though a little sad.

    • For a start, I’m very jealous of you getting to write in a field with your animals! 😀

      But I can imagine it must be nice to have a break then type it up and have fun with what you wrote!

      Thank you so much for commenting 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  2. Congrats on the “The End!” That’s always a great accomplishment. I tend to dread the editing process, but l’ve been figuring out different ways to help myself get through it.

    The novel l’m editing now was one of those first drafts that wasn’t nearly as bad as l thought, so that helps.

    Good luck with your editing and l love the excerpt!

    • Since I have been training myself not to read what I write as I go along, I think I can tell myself it’s worse than it is 😀

      Good luck with your editing!

      Thank you so much for commenting and have a fantastic weekend 🙂

  3. Congrats and enjoy your weekend. I’m hitting an editing period for a few books, so I’m dreading it. Then again, I haven’t written much for the last 2 weeks, so it’ll be nice to get back into the job. 🙂

  4. It’s always exciting to read about your stories–this one sounds like something I will read! I am more than halfway done with the current story I’m writing–I hope to complete the first draft by or before mid September 🙂

    • You’re on a roll then if you plan to get it done by then! Good luck with it, I hope it goes smoothly for you 😀

      Thank you so much for the kind comment and have a great weekend! 🙂

    • It does feel like such an achievement, but it’s kind of sad that it’s over. It’s really exciting to immerse yourself in a new project and see it through, I always find editing a bit of a slog! 😀

      Any news on the release date of your next book?

      Have a brilliant weekend! 🙂

    • I am pretty determined when I want to be (not sure if a good or bad trait at times!) 😀 And I am really motivated to turn this into a career, so that helps drive me forwards.

      Thank you so much for the kind comment. Have a brilliant weekend! 🙂

    • Thank you so much 😀 I am getting much better at my writing routing and really sticking to it. Once I get into writing mode I am very hard to pull out of it!

      Thank you so much for the kind comment 🙂

    • It is a great feeling to realise the writing is pretty good, and that editing will go a bit smoother than just rewriting every little thing 😀

      Thank you so much for the kind comment! 🙂

  5. Awww, yeah! Congratulations! It’s encouraging to know that that rush when writing “THE END” never fades with each additional book (well, not right away, that is. It is a fleeting pleasure, to be sure). I love the teaser you’ve included; color me intrigued! Best of luck with the editing and the roller coaster of emotions that can sometimes be. I love it when a story take a life of its own, but those are usually the stories I have to wrestle into submission later in editing.

    • The rush is always there, it just a bit dampened when I realise I have so much editing to do. But in the end the editing is always worth it 😀 Really makes the story shine!

      Thank you so much for the encouraging comment 🙂

  6. Just read the teaser – very well done :-).

    In answer to your question, I enjoy the first edit, but by the second edit it feels like tedious work, and I just want to be done with the darn thing already!

  7. Congratulations on finishing! It’s always so satisfying to reach the end of the story. I don’t mind editing, and good or bad, I always like reading what I’ve written. Thanks for the excerpt. I enjoyed it. Hope you have a great weekend!

  8. Hi Mishka,
    Congratulations… Not only because you have finished your draft … But because it is the fifth upcoming book!!!.
    The editing process?… Well It is not so hard as giving it the first shot.
    I wish you the very best in the next steps ahead!.
    Aquileana 😀

    • Thank you so much! It is rather exciting to be getting the fifth one underway, I actually need to come up with a title now 😀 I’m hoping going through it in the editing will jog something awesome for a title.

      Thank you so much for the kind comment 🙂

    • I really did kind of what it to be a short novella, but it was great fun to write and kind of just kept expanding 😀

      Thank you so much for the kind comment! I’m really glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  9. I actually enjoy the editing process. Sometimes it can be tedious, especially at the very end when I have read the story half a dozen times, but normally, I really enjoy the rock tumbling process. Congrats on finishing your draft! The excerpt sounds great as well. I cannot wait to hear more about his project.

    • The editing process can be great at the start, when you’re adding all the fun bits and details. But yeah, towards the end when I have read it so much I can repeat it from memory, it can be a bit hard to keep going! 😀

      Thank you so much for the kind comment! 🙂

  10. Blazes, you write fast. It feels like it wasn’t that long ago we were just going over your last book. I’m astonished.

    Anyways, since I’ve been working with more visual storytelling lately, I’ve found that editing is quite a bit different than usual. I have to do it as I just go along, as I can’t really change anything once I’ve finished drawing. Even when I stuck with the text and page, though, I never really trucked much with editing. For the few pieces I was planning on putting out in the public, sure, but for the vast majority of my work, it just wasn’t as fun as it was working out the story.

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