Category: Cill Darae Volume Five

Cill Darae: First Draft Complete

First Draft Complete – Nov 27th.

Tonight I finished the first draft of Cill Darae, a New Druids series, Volume Five. I am a little under my normal word count, but that will be fixed with the second draft. I had a sudden interest to write this past summer and that, coupled with NaNoWriMo this past November, is to thank for the earliest completion (first draft) of one of my novels to date.

Sadly, the hard work is about to start. The second draft is hard. So very hard. And honestly, I am not looking forward to it. It’s like pulling your eyes out and throwing them around the room at random intervals. This (for me) was a complex novel with complex themes. It is taking the series down to the conclusion I dreamed of years ago. It’s scary when you can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I am also worried I will disappoint. By now, you the readers, have impressions in your mind. You have your own vision of where the story goes. Well, I have mine too and I hope when you see the finish line you won’t be disappointed.

I love this series and I hope you do, too. In some ways, I wish I hadn’t written it and someone else had. That way I would get to enjoy it. Lol. Not really. Just kidding.

NaNoWriMo

I want to give a shout out to the NaNoWriMo Ottawa Chapter and in particular the Barrhaven crowd. Thanks for the write-ins! I wish you all the best as the month wraps up, and see you next year!

Ciao!

Don

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In other news, I have reached the halfway point of NaNoWriMo two days early. I crossed the 25K words mark yesterday. This puts my word count at 51K for Cill Darae, Volume 5, of the New Druids series.

This is a different novel in so many ways. It scares me a little in that I am departing from the norm. It’s all third person for one. And two, I am tearing apart the Realm of Belkin once more.

NaNoWriMo 2018

NaNoWriMo is back! 

“What is NaNoWriMo?” you ask.

Why it’s the National Novel Writing Month! The goal is to write 50,000 words during the month of November. This works out to be 1,667 words per day!

“Huh?” you ask. “Is that a lot?”

Well, a chapter in one of my novels averages 5,000 words and I can crank out when I am in the zone, about 8,000 words in an evening. So, for me, 1,667 words is not a lot. Relatively speaking. Except: I procrastinate. Sadly, I will put off writing for a week and then try and play catch up with feverish intensity.

Participants know NaNoWriMo can be intense and frustrating and scary, at times. The happy news is that I am a member of the Ottawa NaNoWriMo branch. We meet throughout the month at cafes and we encourage each other. I attend the Barrhaven meetups near me every Monday night in November. The ladies are wonderful and I find I can find focus. You want to meet me? Come out to the Ottawa NaNoWriMo meetups on Monday night in Barrhaven, Nepean. I’ll be there!

By the way, I did this last year for my fourth novel, Freamhaigh and I attribute NaNoWriMo with allowing me to release the novel in April this year, when normally I don’t publish until late May – July. So thanks, NaNoWriMo!

If you are a writer looking for inspiration and need that extra push, then I recommend NaNoWriMo. It gives you a structured goal and rewards you with badges and qudos from fellow NaNoCrats. All that we creative souls need to thrive is love and adoration!

This year I am starting NaNoWriMo with over 20K words already written of my fifth novel, Cill Darae. This means that I will, by the end of November, have over two-thirds of the novel completed. That makes me happy, but I am counting my chickens, aren’t I?

So Happy November, folks!

 

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