What to do After Finishing a First Draft

After Finishing Your Novel

On 27th July 2017, Rune Mage was finished at 199k words after NaNoWriMo 2016 and two lots of Camp NaNoWriMo 2017.

Then I hit a wall. What now?

I had several plot bunnies boiling for the past few months and was too happy to jump straight into a different project, but I knew this was always my pattern ever since I started writing. Once I finished a story, it would be stowed away forever, not to be touched for years. Since I discovered Wattpad, I would get occasional commenters picking up on old plot holes, spelling/grammar errors, and general areas that could be better improved. I made a point of reading through the whole of Rune Mage again, now that I knew the ending, and added in red herrings, foreshadowing, and refined the lore now I learnt the true extent and limitations of the magic.

And, you know what? It was worth it. There were areas that didn’t add up to the ending (it had been eight months since the beginning, after all), characters who became more solid as the time went on, so conversations didn’t match up to their true nature from the beginning, and a few red herrings spiced things up.

It was also cringeworthy picking up on my typos or see where I’d been distracted and mis-typed, but nevermind.

Rune Mage is now edited at the time of writing this. I spent a whole month reading back and reliving the story, and tidying up after myself. I have a bad habit of being exceedingly under-critical of my own work, so I have a good feeling it’ll be at least a year if not more I want to rewrite.

What do you do after finishing a first draft?

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Indie Spotlight: Agents of the Third Party: Blackmail: The Beginning

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Indie author promotion! Agents of the Third Party: BlackMail: The Beginning by Arthur David

Mystery, thriller, crime, action, adventure — all rolled into one exciting read!

The Third Party is a secret organization dedicated to moving humanity towards a future of peace and prosperity. A future where hunger, poverty, and war no longer exist. An organization so dedicated to its ideals that it is made up of spies, saboteurs and assassins for whom the ends justify the means, no matter how atrocious.

BlackMail has spent her entire adult life dedicated to the cause of The Party. She has lived her life knowing that she is working for the greater good of humanity and the world, and it doesn’t matter how they achieve that.

Her dedication has made her one of The Party’s top agents, and The Party has tasked her with training a young woman, Jade, who they believe will become The Party’s next top agent.

When The Party sends them on a mission that goes horribly wrong it will forever change BlackMail, Jade, and The Third Party.

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Meet My Villain #3 (Rise of the Vengeful Dragon)

This post is about one of the villains in my fantasy novel Rise of the Vengeful Dragon, which is free to read on Wattpad. As with all “Meet My Character” blog posts, this contains **SPOILERS**.

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Wattpad Spotlight: A Will of Steel

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Book promotion! “A Will of Steel” by isabellaawrites

Calling fantasy and dragon lovers! Is action and magic your thing? Is a fight for survival your cup of tea? Check this out!

As a renowned Drak Rider, Rhiannon Elers and her dragon, Iberax, fly all over Ilrion exploring what she never got to see when executing quests for her Master. All of a sudden, that new-found freedom is pulled out from beneath her.

Now on a mission for the king she has to find the Orb of Egregious in the forbidden Dark Lands. Not only will she be traveling all across Ilrion for this orb, but she has to do it with Darrin Hallacre – a fellow Drak Rider and the king’s pet. He is as charming and handsome as he is mysterious, and Rhiannon’s heart and mind is put to the ultimate test.

And just when Rhiannon thought she knew everything, a shocking truth forces her to take a step back and question everything, even herself.

Rhiannon will endure a quest that will not only alter her life forever, but prove that a will of steel is what she needs to survive.

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Wattpad Spotlight: Minstrel

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Book promotion! “Minstrel” by NightWing707

Check out this epic fantasy adventure set in medieval times, where music is forbidden and a young girl is pursued in her efforts to save her brother.

In a world where music is against the law, Creak, a young musician, finds herself as one of the king’s targets. In order to protect her brother, Creak leaves him behind and flees their home village. Fighting the king’s minions and her own internal battles Creak must make it to the rebels before she is caught by the young royal knight with mysterious eyes. But, traveling becomes a lot more dangerous when the king makes a wish that puts all musicians in danger. Will Creak survive or die trying to reach the rebels? What will happen to her brother? Are the rebels even safe?

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Wattys2017: Vote and Support!

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Wattys2017 is upon us! The annual Wattpad contest where Wattpadders compete for renown and recognition, for the most-read books and most-beloved stories, for the title of the best of the best!

And guess what? Both March City and Rune Mage are entered! Want to support them?

Here’s what you can do, between now and 1st August:

1) Vote on the stories
2) Add them to your reading lists
3) Tell your friends to do the same!

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Are you in the Watty’s?

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017

camp-2017-event-bannerJuly Camp NaNoWriMo is just round the corner! What are you guys doing for it? After the high of completing NaNoWriMo2016 and then April Camp 2017 and getting my groove back into writing — and I’m enjoying writing Rune Mage so much — I’m pretty psyched to do July Camp 2017.

The problem is as always: do I carry on with what I have and finish it as the NaNo project, or do I pick up something else I’ve been meaning to do for ages and just finish Rune Mage at a leisurely pace?

Either way, I think I’ll start plotting for a new novel during my week off next week and see if I have enough fodder to do it for Camp. If not, it’ll be Rune Mage all the way to the end.

What are you guys doing for Camp?