Last Monday at around 22:45 Central European Time I completed the first draft of my second novel after a final one and a half hour writing session. I’m still a bit dazed by all this to be honest, mostly due to the speed at which I finished this draft.
I started writing this novel last October (I had to check my version control system for the exact date), but didn’t do much work in November and December due to the release of Gift of the Destroyer. I also had to cut a whole chapter during this time. In essence, I wrote around 90-95% in the last 5 months. The first draft of Gift of the Destroyer took me a year to finish, and I spent another year and a half editing it (not counting the revisions suggested by Gareth a month ago). Basically, I did the writing phase twice as fast. I bet I can cut the editing phase from a year and a half to about two months.
Why? A number of reasons.
While I’m waiting for feedback on the second novel, I’ll be doing some much needed relaxing as well as blogging. My post count has dropped dramatically since my initial foray into blogging.
I might even make that custom Wordpress theme now.