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When you’re writing a book, be it a piece of fiction or fact based, there comes a point where your book takes over the writing and it will tell you when it’s reached its conclusion. That seems to be doubly so for trilogies and series because I’ve now finished my first draft of The Brittle Sea, six days ahead of schedule and at 82k words, a few thousand short of my target. I suddenly realised that I was at a point where I was actually writing the opening scenes for The Brittle Land, the sequel to The Brittle Sea. So, after splitting off The Brittle Land 1st draft, I now have 74k words for The Brittle Sea and 8k words for The Brittle Land. The third and final part to my Brittle trilogy is entitled The Brittle Sky.

I started this writing marathon on the 5th September with my first draft in the doldrums at 52k words and have finished ahead of schedule. It only goes to show what you can achieve if you put your mind to it. Anyone doing NaNoWriMo in November I’ll be thinking of you, because it’s not easy sticking to a strict schedule.

Breathes a sigh of relief.

Now comes the work on the 2nd draft of The Brittle Sea. This is where you add meat to the bones of your story. Several things are going on here. You are adding more detail and reading through to get a more comprehensive understanding of the story and its plots and sub-plots. But at the same time you need to keep an eye on any gaping holes in the story, make sure all the characters stay in character, make sure the characters retain their names with a correct spelling throughout and… well, you’ve guessed it, there’s still a lot of work to do. Look at it this way, the 2nd draft shows your story is growing up, but it’s not yet a fully working and alert individual. Things can and will change, just be patient with it and it will eventually be worthwhile.

One thing that also should be borne in mind, you need to be awake and alert at this stage or you will make mistakes and compound other mistakes. No burning the candle at both ends. Steady as she goes.

Copyright © Tom Kane 2019
You can read the first draft of Chapter One of The Brittle Sea by clicking here.

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