113,000 words – The first draft

I wasn’t sure I was going to make it, but on New Years Eve I finished the first draft of Unremembered Loss. At just over 113,000 words it is hard for me to believe it’s really done. Of course done is a relative term. Now the hard work begins. No more just being creative and writing what comes out. Now I get to see if I can practice the craft.

Things I already know:

  • I need to rewrite a lot of the early dialog – get rid of the he said, she said.
  • Add micro tension
  • Make sure all my characters matter
  • Make sure that each scene matters
  • Polish the voice
  • Make sure my heart is in every scene
  • Fix all the grammar