A wrap for the first draft

After the little crunch a fortnight ago, when the last chapter and Epilogue didn’t move, and I realised I had to buckle down and get a, well, try to make a brilliant finish of the thing … after that, it’s been an intriguing odyssey.

In many ways, I’ve felt a real synergy between the first parts, the ‘Fragments of a Song’ and the final, concluding parts. Both sections started moving together, and it’s been exciting to hope that they’re fitting as almost book-ends to the body of the story.

The first draft has made it through my primary reader, anyway, and is moving into the hands of other reading pals. I know already what finessing I want to do, over the coming month, but more perceptive readers may have extra insights as to a good strategy to move along with. I hope so, of course, but there’s always that part of a writer, I guess, that wants their audience to adore the work.

I’ll try to be grown up about the constructive criticism ahead, hoping for the best, as normal.

Meanwhile, I can indulge myself with delight for hitting my 31st March target and achieving a first draft of Prequel. Yay!

By Larry Winger

Retired scientist, devoted diarist (AllendaleDiary.org), community-minded aspirant novelist, I've lived on a smallholding in the East Allen Valley for the past 30 years, delighting in watching our family grow up, in experiencing the development of our grandsons, and in taking care of our small flock of chickens and garden.

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