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Third Book: Onto the Second Draft

Early last week, I polished off the entirety of my third book's first draft. As you may recall, I had previously finished the second draft of the book's first part, and only then continued with writing the second part. Sounds confusing, I know, but it's a process I believe will pay off in full

This section section (which is around 13,000 words at the moment, bringing the currently total up to 70,000 or so... though it's getting more difficult to determine the precise number) is comprised of six nearly equal-in-length chapters and continues the story from part one by taking it in a wildly different directions.

It's likely the most challenging, and by far the most rewarding, piece I've written yet.

Which brings me to the last few days. I've been researching, taking notes and practicing the writing technique I'll be utilizing during the second draft (and all drafts from here on) of this section. I don't want to spoil it, and this will likely be the last you'll hear of my efforts for some time, but I'm amazed at how many rules dictate this particular style. For my personal work, I haven't had to work within such constraints since my first few years in college, so it's a vastly different experience and one I hope will allow me to grow and stretch different authorial muscles.

Unfortunately, while I'm getting revved up and into the style's groove, it's looking as though my pace will be drastically reduced. I'm hopefully I'll become faster as I dig myself deeper, but I cannot currently see the 2,000 words a day goal I've maintained as realistic (especially with the added workload at both my day job and home of late). With work on The Nobodies coming to an end soon, that may free some additional writing time (at least until I decide what to do about my fourth book), though, so perhaps it will all work out.

-Warren
9/9/14

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