Well, the first draft anyway. I’m flabbergasted, exhausted, and other adjectives. I’ve written 62 pages in the past 11 days, and I freely admit there are some dodgy, dodgy bits in that last sprint to the end — but it’s all there. It’s a complete narrative, it works how I wanted it to, ends how i wanted it to. On Spell/Sword it took me longer to edit than to write, so I take comfort that I can take as long as I need to fix all of the fiddly bits. I’m tremendously proud of this one, I have no problem saying [believing] that this book is better than the first. I’m going to put in a drawer for a couple of weeks and let it cool down and come back fresh — I’m sure then I’ll be singing a different tune, but for now LOVE AND PEACE.
Here’s some crunchy numbers:
In published form: 52,000 words
The Riddle Box
Rough Draft: 65,000 words [21% longer!]
Started Writing: 4/26/2013
Finished Rough Draft: 9/24/2013
YEAH! Excited and a little exhausted. I’m going to unplug my brain and put it in a nice cool cup of yogurt for a while.