First Draft Done!

“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.”

– Terry Pratchett

“I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shovelling sand into a box so that later I can build sandcastles.”

– Shannon Hale

So I did it y’all – I used all that inspiration and writing-to-target to finish my novel’s first draft! Coming in at about 60,000 words, that’s a mean 35,000 written just this month.

It’s crap, of course. But that’s because all first drafts are (I have been told this, and reassured this, multiple times). Also, Ernest Hemingway said so.

I know you’re all wondering: what am I writing?

Here’s the pitch:

The Archivist is the first book in a space opera series following enhanced human Cassia Tan as she begins her life as a knowledge seeker for the Node – a virtual database aiming to collect all the information in the universe. Her first assignment leads her worlds away from home on a voyage where pirates, aristocrats, disgruntled aliens, spurned suitors, assassins, fugitives and master manipulators all conspire to distract her from her course. Soon Cassia will learn that to make it as an Archivist, she will need more than information to survive

It’s got a long way to go… But you know what? That’s okay.

Because “The purpose of the first draft is not to get it right, but to get it written.” – John Dufresne.

Now I’m off for a glass of wine.

Have a good weekend, everyone.


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8 thoughts on “First Draft Done!

    1. Thanks! I’m three chapters from the end of the second draft. Editing takes so much longer… But the story is better for it. I’ve written a few additional in-universe stories in the meantime, which helps build that world too. 🙂

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