It Ain’t Heavy. It’s My Novel.

Blog | Posted by Carole on Wednesday 20 July 2011

I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I’ve finished the zero draft* of my book. There’s still a lot of work to do, but the worst is over. I think of this early complete draft as being like a pencil sketch for a painting. Now, I know what the story is from beginning to end. Now, I get to rework it and, hopefully, make it better. This is the bit I like best.

*I thought I got this term from Scott Westerfeld, but after a quick Google, I think maybe it was Justine Larbalestier** who came up with it. Anyway she describes it very well here.

** I’ve just read Justine’s YA book Liar, which is fabulous.

3 Responses to “It Ain’t Heavy. It’s My Novel.”

  1. Mikaela says:

    That’s great, I hope everything goes well with it, you must be feeling very pleased I am sure :)

  2. biggest_fan_adele says:

    I really want to become a Author, Do have any tips that I could use while I am writing my novel called Flooding Dream? It is about a 12 year old named Joey and she lives in the Outback on her parents dusty farm with and Emu and Kangaroo and dog, She has a dream that her best friend drowns in a flood and then one day on the news NT is flooding! ( her best friend lives there) I dont know what I should do next! I have planned it out but it doesn’t seem right for the story! Please help me

  3. Carole says:

    adele,
    You just have to write it. As you write it, you will probably get other ideas. No one says writing a book is easy. It takes me a year to write a book. A lot of that time is spent rewriting and trying to make the story work. You just have to keep at it.
    I have some writers tips on my FAQs page.
    http://www.carolewilkinson.com.au/faqs/#faq9