Thursday, November 3, 2011

Progress post: Book 1, draft 4

Last night, I finished the fourth draft of the first book of the trilogy I've been working on for decades.

The background, for those of you not sick of the story yet, is that I originally wrote this story when I was in middle school.  All I remember about that draft is that there were vampires, the characters spent a lot of time wandering around in the woods having inane conversations, and none of my characters' actions made any sense, even to me.  I saved it on a floppy disk (remember those?), and promptly lost it.  I spent a few months being upset, and then I rewrote it.

Somehow, that copy was lost.  Another was lost to a corrupted hard drive.  Another was lost, then another, and I kept writing and rewriting this story.  It evolved in great leaps and bounds from one draft to the next, and finally settled into something like its current form as a NaNoWriMo project, after I had a dream that the scariest character in my trilogy approached me on the T and informed me with perfect calm that, if I didn't write out his story, he would be forced to do something distasteful.  Months later, I forced myself to sort through the mess I'd churned out, which became the second draft.  Drafts three and four resulted from soliciting input from my writing group, though the least changes occurred between those incarnations.  The biggest change came in when I added a second perspective, because I couldn't justify third-person limited with just one perspective character.

Right now, I'm pretty pleased with what I have written for book 1 (tentatively titled "Awaken"), but that may change.  I'm going to give it one more read-through for repetition, glaring errors, continuity, repetition, and spreading out my reveals to build the foreshadowing better.

I'll be keeping everyone updated on the writing progress as it comes along.  Let me know in the comments if there's anything specific you want to hear about my progress or the story, and I'll happily answer your questions.

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