Remember how, last year, I wrote a new novel? Well, as I mentioned in the last post, work on a companion to it had begun. Daemon was so pleased to be doing something other than editing, that he’s really buckled down this time and we’ve managed to complete the draft in about three weeks!
I’m surprised too.
There was a co-incidental three days off work which helped, as I’ve managed 30K in 5 days. Which isn’t super fast when I can sit down with no distractions, but nothing to sniff at either.
The one thing that all my various novels have proven is that I write about 700-800 words an hour (I’ve said this before) and even on days where I hit 1,000 you can still average it back down to that range. It’s nice to be predictable / consistent!
So, how did friend-of-gun-runner shape up? I really like the story. Again, like gun runner, there’s a lack of world-building because we (gives the writing daemon side-eye) still haven’t quite decided where it’s set. I think we’re closer to deciding that now.
I also like that we have the same protag in two different stages of his life. That’s kind of fun, and it actually got me thinking that maybe there’s another novel or two that would show other points. We’ll see. I have a lot of other worlds in my head clamoring for attention!
It did prove the point that I should think more carefully about how I name current WIPs when drafting. This one – because I wasn’t 100% sure it had legs – got called ‘snippet’ in the original document. Of course, now that has stuck. So despite the fact it’s over 50K, it is still called Snippet. <insert eye-roll>
Getting both gun runner and snippet up to full 1st drafts is going to be interesting. I’m not sure daemon has realised that by not giving me the world, he’s set the scene for a major edit-fest to come.