Stop looking at me like that. I haven't been ignoring -- well, okay, actually, that's a lie. I have been avoiding you, but it's been for a good cause. I've just completed the first draft of what will hopefully be the first of many adventures of Phileas Reid. It started like this:
And ended like this:
I've had a great many distractions, but I've finally completed the first draft. It only took me seven months. I feel like I should have been able to write it faster, I may have even gone an entire month without writing anything at all, so distracted and exhausted was I from the link above. But it's done. Not completely not at all, but it's done.
I'm going to give myself a week or so before I sit down and read the entire thing start to finish. I need to find all of its weaknesses and bludgeon them into perfection. To accomplish this, I need to be more subjective. I already know there's far too many "he said" and "she said." But I want to be able to see what plot points don't work or what story elements need to be strengthened or what characters I completely forgot to give a satisfactory ending to. Not only am I giving myself a week before reviewing it, I've sent it to a few near, dear, and trusted friends who will not think twice in crushing my spirit with their merciless reviews.
Then . . . then it's off to the publishers and my dreams will be in the hands of English majors.