|Martian surface, courtesy NASA|
How do you respond to your completion of a first draft of your novel? And what do you do next? Stuart Aken has been working on the second book in his Generation Mars series since 9th January and completed the first draft on 20th March with 112,061 words. He was, unsurprisingly, delighted to have reached this milestone in the creation of the story.
But, of course, this isn’t so much the end of the process as the beginning of the conversion of the raw story into a readable, publishable book. In his post on his website, he details the next stages and describes the path he expects to tread on the way to that final version of his story. With much research still to do, some considerable re-reading and a programme of known changes to make, it looks as though he’ll be busy with this project for some time to come.
The first book in the series, Blood Red Dust, has earned some high praise from reviewers, so he has a lot to live up to in this follow-up book!
So, what’s your working method and how do you approach the journey from that first draft to the finished product?