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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6 Writing Tips by Victoria Moschou

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Victoria Moschou is a book reviewer, blogger (Victorious Pages on WordPress), writer (VictoriaMoschou on Wattpad), and winner of the Ruined Childhoods contest hosted by Christine Bottas (Nyhterides) and I.

They say the expert in anything was once a beginner, and I totally agree on that! Of course, I can’t say that I’m an expert on writing fiction, writing blog posts or even sharing zen tips such as the previous one, yet after blogging for the last nine years and working seriously for the first time in my entire life on my WIPs for the past two, I think I’ve gained some experience and I’m a little bit wiser on that aspect than I were the day before. And, since I have a Mary Poppins mood today, I thought I should share that experience and wisdom with you!

So, apart from the obvious and basics, such as grammar rules, structure, punctuation, spelling and sentence construction, there are also a bunch of other rules and tips, not only beginners, but also those who claim to be more experienced, should respect and follow.

Disclaimer! I’m a perfectionist and an organising junkie, so I love lists; and this is going to be a long one. So, I’d suggest you sit back comfortably, get a cup of tea, or in my case coffee, and embrace everything you’re going to learn, or maybe read for the gazzillionth time! What’s certain is that you’re gonna leave this place with at least one new tip up in your sleeve!

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Wattpad Spotlight: The Fairytale Princesses of Pleasure Series

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Book promotion! “The Fairytale Princesses of Pleasure Series” by Puffgirl1952

Enjoy this mature retelling of popular fairytale princesses!

Are you a follower of mine and want your book or someone else’s book advertised? Post on my wall or PM me!

Thank You, Readers

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I will never have reached where I am today without my readers. From those who avidly chase chapter after chapter, speculate to no ends, suggest pointers for improvement or ways to make my writing more dramatic; to enthusiastic, silently supportive ones who are the first to read and leave a vote and never complain when I’m late updating; to the silent readers who add me to their reading lists and follow me from project to project. They are my life line and my motivation. I would never churn out as many words and works as I do now if not for them.

Which is why I wish to do my bit to thank them. There isn’t much I can do — I’m not a published writer, I don’t have many connections, I can’t make graphics to save my life, but I do bake great cakes. Which is why I wish to promote my followers or books they like.

Starting from today (well, last week) for the foreseeable future, any followers of mine are welcome to drop me a PM or post on my wall their works or works they have read that deserve more reads, and I will give it a shout-out to my 6k+ followers in hopes they will reach the attention they deserve.

If I get my butt organised, I’ll also post on my Facebook wall and do a blog post for them, too, depending on real-life workload.

Want your work promoted? PM me on Wattpad.

Author Spotlight: Victoria Moschou

halloween-bloody-white-rose-wallpaperBaking on Halloween turns into a murdering spree. Beauty and the Beast turns into a butcher fest. Children can’t even play a game without being butchered left, right, and centre. A high school choir becames Battle Royale.

What’s this, you ask?

None other than @VictoriaMoschou ‘s Happily Never After story collection. There’s no happiness there; she’s killed them all.

Plotting: Rise of the Vengeful Dragon (Part 1)

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Ah, plotting. The bane of my life. And the joy of some writers. I hate plotting, but I need to know where to go when I’m writing, so I definitely need it. Initial skeleton-drawing is fairly easy, but it’s the branching out that’s so much harder. The roots are easy to take hold. The trunk grows without much trouble. Branches and leaves require the sacrifice of several internal organs before they form.

A few people in the past have asked me how I plot. I haven’t found my own style of plotting yet and have experimented with different ways of plotting over the past few novels I have written. So here it is: how I plotted Rise of the Vengeful Dragon.

To plot RotVD, initially named ‘Essence of Gisella’ as a starting chapter for a story contest, I looked to this, on PublishingCrawl: how to write a synopsis.

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