“What? Did I write that?!
I could not face my printer’s looks of despair and had my first draft of Fire Prince printed at the copier and while I was at it, had it bound as well. (Thanks Hiske!) I was much impressed. Before me lies a serious stack of paper, even for a double-sided printed copy, and the cover has my name on it. After staring at it for a considerable amount of time, I finally began work.
I promised myself a read-through without a red pen first. I want to get a feel for the complete story again. I have gone through the first few chapters and I am alternately pleasantly surprised and quietly horrified at what I have read so far. I am already finding some glaring holes but, fortunately, also some very nice paragraphs that I cannot help but be proud of. It is, I have to confess, a very unsettling experience, reading through your first draft.
Only when I have read myself through it once, will I move on to the second phase, the timeline check. Since the story spreads over several months, I need to get my seasons right, as well as details of travel. It seems an easy first task that needs to be done. When that is checked and possibly corrected, I will concentrate on magic. I cannot give away too much, but several characters use magic but all use it in a different way. I mostly need to check for consistency of use.
This will keep me busy for the coming week. There is, after all, some other reading to do as well. I have just finished Joe Abercrombie’s “Before They are Hanged” and cannot wait to start the third book in the series “Last Argument of Kings”. I am really enjoying his “First Law” series. It is darker and grittier than most fantasy that I have read but I find it refreshing. I have even found a soft spot in my heart for Logen Ninefingers. Reading this on a decent e-reader while reclining in the sun has made my garden a little paradise, notwithstanding the blood, the gore and the war scenes in the book.
Hope you have your own goals set. Do not forget to enjoy either the sun, a good book or your writing (all three is best, of course).