What a smug bitch am I! Really good news; I’ve finished the first draft of Emily Swann, a full five and a hlaf weeks ahead of schedule! Feel dead chuffed with myself. No offense to anyone else but I have discovered that when I write, I must write really quickly because I had no trouble, when I was doing NaNoWriMo, completing 2000 words a day, often doing it between noon and 4pm. I always used to feel guilty when I read of some writers who were writing for like eight hours a day or something like that. I very rarely do more that an hour a day so I though I must be the laziest bitch around but my word count keeps climbing up and up so I can’t be doing that badly.
About a month ago I bought ‘Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook’ by Donald Maass, so now I have my first draft I’m going to use this book to help me polish and edit Emily Swann. I must admit that I hate the editing process, it always smacks of failure to me, like I couldn’t get it right first time. Silly really. Another thing that worries me is that, at the moment, Emily Swann is way too short. It stands at just over 30,000 words. My first novel, Blood Addiction, was only about 45,000 words. I can’t believe I’m going to add about 40,000 words in the process of re-writing so it will probably always be a short novel. That’s another thing that makes me think my work is not good enough because I start to think that if they’re too short it must be because they don’t have depth. I’m never convinced anything I write is ever good enough though I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking this.