First Draft of Weeping of the Willows: DONE

It is done. Finished. Kaput. At least, for book one, that is.

I have finally finished my first book, ever. Clocking in at 462257 words. Zounds. That’s a lot of writing.

I had to look in my files to find the earliest dated draft of this book. February 9, 1994 was when I started writing this book seriously, just to see how much I could put down. I worked on it until…I think 1997, then stopped writing period for seven years. I started working on it again in late 2004, so let’s see, that meant I spent roughly six years working on this baby, eliminating the non-writing years.

Wow. No wonder I feel so tired. If you excuse me, I’m going to go to bed. Very, very early.


10 Responses

  1. And for the record, the boy took a bath last night. I won’t say anything about that fiasco, other than to say it was worthy of its own blog.

  2. Well, I wasn’t really planning to mention it…seeing that it did involve bathwater and organic stuff that belong more in a toilet bowl than bathwater…

  3. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Chris, is that from me finishing my novel, or learning that my kid has decided to make bathtub soup with his own ‘potatos’?

  5. oh, good grief. iewww

  6. Congrats on completing the first draft! Now the REAL work of a writer begins… the dreaded rewriting!
    Changing the subject to baths… it sounds like you have the making of a good horror film.

  7. woo hoo! Now we will do the dance of joy….

  8. […] I had no clue what I was doing, threw all those chapters out, and started rewriting from scratch. I finished the first draft in July 2007 and saw that I had enough for two books. So I broke them in half, and I’ve been in rewrites […]

  9. […] Which made me wonder what the original word count was in the 1st draft. I did some digging and came across this blog post that I did a little over 10 years ago, when I had finished the first […]

  10. […] I started writing this in 1994. On April 28, 2019, I completed the final revision of the novel. During that time, I wrote, rewrote, tossed out, threw away the novel entirely. Started over. Revised. Finished. Threw it out again. Started over one last time, revised, went through hell, came back, and now it’s done. It came out to 140K, which is a little more than I wanted (I was shooting for 120K), but overall, I’m pleased with the word count. […]

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