For as long as I can remember I’ve loved writing. Whether it was a list, short story or a research paper, if I could write I was golden. I can’t even leave the house without some sort of paper and writing utensil.
On September 24th, I completed a major writing milestone, one that I’ve longed to do since I finished my first novella in 9th grade-I wrote a book. Currently it clocks in at over 300 pages and over 80,000 words, which is pretty standard for a Science Fiction novel. I told friends about (I kept it a secret save a few close friends) and I was overwhelmed at the amount of support I got from it, plus 6 dedicated beta readers!
Even during the writing/first draft process, I tried to edit at least two chapters a week that I’d already written. Currently I’m finishing up my first edits with another 8 chapters to go. My goal is to finish my first draft edits and get the first ten chapters through a second draft edit by Halloween.
I had one of my beta readers sample my first chapter over the weekend and they gave me some great feedback. The most important thing was that the pacing was on point and there was only a minor edit I had to do to the overall structure. Everything else involved small spelling/grammatical edits and I used different word choices (synonyms) in a few spots. That’s one chapter ready for beta reading at least!
One of my friends has written several books and they’ve been giving me a lot of pointers on where to go next. I’m pretty set on self-publishing at this point, so I’ve started researching into it more as I move through the editing process. I have six beta readers waiting to read my story, which is motivating me to edit quickly.
Once my beta readers are done and have given me feedback, I’ll do another really good edit, then go into publishing from there. It’s possible I could have a published book sometime in the first quarter of next year, that’d be amazing! I’m really enjoying the process overall and if all works out well, I’d love to write another one!
Of course, my book does explain my absence (though work and life are contributing factors as well). Hopefully now that I’m in the editing process, I will be writing more as a reinforcer to finishing a chapter or two.