Thursday, May 26, 2011

hm. that was quick.

Surprise of the week: When I sat down to write yesterday, I realized... it was probably going to be the last day for my (very) rough draft. And it was. I had not expected such. I'd announced a hiatus and everything! Well... so much for that, huh?

I can now say that I've written a novel. Is it a mess? You betcha. But, as I told a friend on facebook, "at least it's a complete mess... huh." Want to know some stats? I've always wanted to write a post like this. Happy day for me.

Working title: Aurelia
Thoughts? It's a character's name, but not the main character. Is that allowed? Definitely just a working title. 

Original idea: summer 2007, whilst lifeguarding at Loucon.
Draft started: early September, 2010
Finished: May 25, 2011
Between 2007 and 2010: a lot of thinking and doubting myself.

Number of false starts: At least three.

Software: OpenOffice, thanks to a computer crash last January (I left my Word in ol' Kentucky).
Font/Spacing: Gentium Basic, 11 point, 1.5 spaces. Just because.
Pages: (only three breaks) 172

Final word count: approx. 90,900
Thoughts? Not as long as I feared it would be, but a lot longer than it needs to be.

Chapters: approx. 32
Thoughts? Another surprise! I wasn't too particular about chapter breaks while writing. I just put CH. and started a new line wherever I felt it appropriate. I figured I'd end up with 40 or 50, but apparently I like me chapters long. (that's pirate speak, for ye)

Number of major characters: 8
Number of characters I'll likely cut: Too many. I don't want to think about it.

A quick love list for this story:
  ghost towns
  dark histories
  the spines of books
  clouded windows
  raven hair and honey eyes
  sibling relationships
  yellow flowers
Thoughts: the love list is more interesting than the story its based on. Oops. Give me a break, though. It's a draft.
My ability to write in the last eight months brought to you by:
  The Blount County Public Library (of course),
  fancy coffee drinks, usually involving chocolate,
  long drives with mood music, such as:
    Abigail Washburn (and the Sparrow Quartet);
    Horse Feathers;
    The Greencards;
    Carolina Chocolate Drops;
    Black Prairie,
  A dang good husband,
  supportive friends,
  blogging (hey-oh!),
  listening to audio books,
  and Plants vs. Zombies.

Whew! Now, all I have to do is... fix the dang thing.  HA!


  1. I would love to read your novel! I've always had a faint desire to write a book, but I've never even attempted it. I think it's just grand that you have done it! Kudos, Julie!

  2. Congrats on finishing your novel! Well, the first draft.
    Just in case you didn't know, there is a YA book titled Aurelia by Anne Osterlund. I don't know if that'll affect your decision on the title but I thought I'd let you know.

  3. Congrats once again! I wish I would've thought to do a blog post like this when I finished...oh well, it will be my reward when I write the new first draft :K)

  4. Congratulations Julie! What kind of book is this (did I miss this somewhere?)? I am so proud of you!


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