I Did It!

For the last three days I’ve been walking around in a little of a daze. You see Monday night, as I was writing my final chapter something extraordinary happened…..I finished my first draft of the book I’ve been working on. Just short of 65k words, and quite a few notes I have around additional earlier chapters and changes that happened later that will result in re writes of earlier chapters, it is a long way from finished, or even second draft completion. Nevertheless, my first draft is complete.

I can hear you all saying ‘Wow. That was quick”. Truth is, it has been anything but quick. The idea for this book has been brewing since 2017. I still have the first five pages of notes I scribbled down as I was on the runway about to take off to the Goldcoast on a family holiday/ work trip. I was well versed in the workshop material I was presenting, sitting separate from my husband, who had a child either side of him I took advantage of the time to myself. 

So not so quick, three years in the making in total. Granted there were large gaps where I didn’t think about it at all, and I really only found the courage to start chapter one in February of this year, but it certainly doesn’t feel quick to me. Now I’m trying to wait patiently the two weeks I have been advised to wait before I rush into the re-writes and editing. It hasn’t been too hard to pull it off, partly because I’m still a little surprised, and thrilled, I managed to get to this stage. Also I am still trying to finalise client reports from my previous career, and it’s school holidays! 

So while I wait I figured I might blog more? Maybe enter a short story competition? Or just get stuck into another good book? I might do them all, why not, I’ve got the time.  

2 thoughts on “First Draft

  1. Isabel russell says:

    Congratulations Kellie. You’ve done so well to get so far. Keep up the excellent work. I can’t wait to read your work. I know it will be great

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