The first draft is complete! Huzzah!
First drafts are by their very nature rough and ugly creatures. Hopefully they are all minor and easily correctable. Tomorrow begins the revision process where I can rip, shred, and rewrite chunks of the story. For the most part I think it’s a story. It has a beginning, middle, and an end. Now I need to make sure and verify those pesky things like plot, continuity, point of view, narration, etc.
I’m short on the minimum word count but by less than two hundred characters. That will easily be remedied as I go back and revise. Wish me luck. I’m on third base and I’m making a run for the plate.
Not much measurable progress. I’ve been fighting against the urge to expand this piece beyond a short story. This is the first trip into the cyberpunk world I’ve been thinking about for months now and the stories it contain keep calling out to me.
I think I’m going to take the afternoon off work tomorrow and park myself at Panera until this draft is finished. That will leave a few days to smooth out a few obvious rough spots. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It only needs to show my potential, as it were.
I’ve gotten a comments and well-wishes from several of you. Thanks, it means the world to me. I’m looking forward to the day I can share this world with everyone.
496 new words and a few edits to last nights work for a grand total of 1,121. I’m roughly a third of the way through the story.
I’m trying not to race through to the finish even though I am under a tight deadline. There are some interesting elements to the story that I’d like to play with a bit more as I tighten it up. It’s fun experimenting with cyberpunk themes. It’s a genre I can see myself spending quite a bit of time working in.
The rest of the day was spent working on taxes and fighting a sinus infection. Hopefully that will clear itself up soon. I’m going to be drinking lots of caffeine this week to get things wrapped up and the last thing I need is a lingering cold to slow me down.