First Draft Complete

I finished the first draft for Aileen 6 yesterday. The idea that this part of the process is finally at an end is taking some time to sink in. This morning I woke up at my usual time despite promising myself I’d sleep in. After breakfast and puttering around the house for a little bit, I wandered into my office, not knowing what else to do with myself. Hence this blog post.

The first few days after completing a draft, I’m usually at odds and ends. It takes time for my brain to catch up to the fact it doesn’t need to run as fast or hard. This is about the time I resume regular activities like cleaning my house, cooking dinner, grocery shopping, etc. There’s a period of high productivity after a draft ends. That meant yesterday, minutes after finishing, I hurried to the grocery store and bought all the fruits and veggies in sight. I cooked dinner for my husband and me and cleared the office desk of all the scraps of paper that contained ideas for the book. You could say I restored order to my chaos.

I predict this order will only last another few days and then the fatigue and brain fog that comes with an end will set in. At that point, I become a human shaped slug and start binging books and TV. For now though, I’m going to see how much I can get done before that happens.

I’m quite excited with this draft. This is the first book in at least four or five books where I’ve written it from beginning to end. No abandoning it to restart once I hit a wall. Right now, there is no plan to rewrite a significant chunk either. There might be some massaging here and there. A little context added and a scene or two inserted. But it’s not tearing out half the book to replace it with more words. Of course, that might change once I start the read through, but for now I am flush with victory and the hope that one day I will go back to writing drafts that aren’t complete gut jobs.

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Responses to “First Draft Complete”

  1. Mary Cruickshank-Peed Avatar
    Mary Cruickshank-Peed

    CONGRATULATIONS! I’m cleaning the office closet, closing down the business that supports the writing (“retiring”) and trying to figure out how to get from the bus explosion to the hospital which includes a pretty significant fight with the bad guys in my senior citizen spy book. I know the overview but the picture isn’t clear yet and my ADD brain is stuck on it and can’t get past to go on.
    Hi, I’m an aspiring writer and really love your stuff (especially Firebird. I love space opera).

  2. Lea Avatar

    Awesome!!!! When the fatigue hits. Go have a massage/spa day .

  3. Linda Avatar

    I’m glad you’re on an easy incline. You deserve it. For now. It is time however for Aileen fans to get to work and start our rereads so we’ll be ready for her next adventure!

  4. Elisabeth Avatar

    Congratulations! 🙂

  5. Linda Avatar

    I’m glad you’re on a comfy incline to completion. Time now for us, Aileen fans everywhere, to get our rereading done so we’ll be ready for her latest adventure! Thank you T for the pleasure I get from your stories.

  6. Judith Weaver Avatar
    Judith Weaver

    An interesting insight into your process. I think we all may share that same cycle when we complete something truly meaningful. Congratulations! Anxiously awaiting another book by T A White! Take care.

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