Ninety six hours into Insecticide 2 I finished the first draft. It took me 42 hours to outline, 54 hours to write (https://www.veriteventures.com/post/can-i-you-be-a-writer-and-how-to-be-a-writer). Time to conceptualize. Calling the first draft a “rough” draft would be kind. But, I accomplished my primary goal: finishing. There’s nothing wrong with taking a moment to celebrate, but my attention quickly shifts to holes in the plot and inconsistencies with characters and themes, and this leads to conceptualization a.k.a pacing.
While I pace, I need to figure out how to plug holes and smooth out inconsistencies. I need to think of details to add and character traits to develop. Most importantly, I need to start the process of turning it from my book to your book. I need to turn ideas in my head into a story that can be conveyed concisely, characters that are relatable, and themes that ring true. By finishing the first draft, I see light at the end of the tunnel. I’ll pace deeper into the tunnel until I figure out—starting with the second draft—how to write my way out.