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06 April 2014 @ 07:08 pm
and draft.  

73.4K out of 55K later, the first draft of my Regency romance novel is done.

Frankly, this was an Attack Book: my first brainstorming filter post about it was in the 13th of February, when I had half a synopsis written for it, so from conception to (rough draft) completion it’s definitely taken less than 2 months. I don’t think I’ve ever gone from concept to book in that little time before.

Now to polish it up a bit and send it to the agent, who will hopefully be able to sell it. Ideally for lots of money. :)

In celebration of finishing, I went and watched Divergent, which wasn’t any better than I expected it to be. It wasn’t quite bad, it just wasn’t exactly good, and it was weakened by the inevitable comparisons to Hunger Games. It primarily made me think I really should go ahead and write up the proposal for the post-apocalyptic dystopian YA I’ve had an idea for for years…

In, you know. My copious free time.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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irishkateirishkate on April 6th, 2014 02:10 pm (UTC)
Yay for the book and fingers crossed

Boo for the film though.

Stephanie Burgis: fairy joystephanieburgis on April 6th, 2014 02:36 pm (UTC)
Woot! Congratulations on finishing the draft - I'm really looking forward to reading it!
Ghost Light: balloonsghost_light on April 6th, 2014 02:45 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
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Tayefethtayefeth on April 6th, 2014 03:25 pm (UTC)
Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian YA
The question isn't whether you should write up your version. The question is whether it's better to write/submit it now or to wait until the target audience has caught its breath from the current wave of 'new' material...
kitmizkit on April 6th, 2014 04:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian YA
It's not the target audience, who will eat it up with a spoon for years to come. It's the editors who get tired of it fast.
Tayefethtayefeth on April 6th, 2014 04:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian YA
Are the editors more likely to be tired of it now or next year or five years from now?

I know that five or six years ago, before Hunger Games, my students weren't gaga about dystopias the way they are now.
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on April 6th, 2014 06:30 pm (UTC)
Yay for finishing! I love "the end."

And YES, you should do it. You should, you should.
A large duckburger_eater on April 7th, 2014 01:55 am (UTC)
Congrats on finishing. That's always a plus.

My son made me take him to Divergent. I don't think he'll be dragging me to the sequels. Least believable thing about that movie: how fashionably dressed the Erudite faction was. Those brainiacs should have been dressed like big fat slobs, but no, every villain has to signal upper class elites. Hmf.
Herefoxherefox on April 7th, 2014 12:21 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the draft!

I haven't seen the movie Divergent yet but I read the first book and honestly the parts I thought were more interesting were the parts before the big rebellion/war/whatever. I thought that was rushed and over the top and made me disinclined to read the rest of the trilogy.