The Aramis Gothboi project: writing a children’s book

progress journal
DRAFT: 01 | word count: 48,938

Journal entry 31:

Monday 16 November 2020

Not a huge volume of work achieved over the weekend, but certainly a substantive amount. Less that 8,000 words to go and I’ve found myself a plot hole that I’m going to have to fix somehow. It’s simply a matter of moving characters around so they’re in the right place at the right time, but it feels good to see it and know that I can fix it.

Speaking of plot holes, I just know that this draft is littered with them. Over the past two weeks I’ve done what I could to resolve such things, but there were a few I let go to fix later. The second act has been improved and makes a lot more sense now, but I still see moments where characters simply say the things I need them to say to push on to the next bit. All of this will need fixing. Also, I noted that some characters get a little too meta—which I’m sure I only wrote that way to amuse myself at the time. It will be interesting to see what I do with these bits. I like comedy for the sake of comedy but if it detracts from the reader experience, it’s got to go.

Back to progress, I’ve got one more chapter to flesh out before I tackle that new chapter. Who knows, I might get this done before the week is out. If I do, I’ll use the rest of the month for clean-up and a final pass on each chapter before it goes in the drawer for a bit. Well, we’ll see how we go. I don’t want to push for too much if I don’t have the time to do it.

Monday 23 November 2020

It looks like I’m just about done. Still short of my 50K by a little over 1,000 words but all of the story is now there on the page. Over the weekend I managed to fill all the holes, completed that additional chapter, and added two more as well.

I could sit here and chip away on those last few words to make 50K (there’s always work to be done), but I think it’s safe for me to declare it now:

I have completed the first draft!

I am very much looking forward to putting this manuscript in the drawer for a few weeks and commencing the second draft in the new year.

In the meantime, I suppose I should try to live a little. You should too.

Until next year, peeps. Thanks for following the journey so far. 2021 is going to be a big one.

Stay safe.

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