RoW80 Update: The End is only the Beginning.

Yesterday, I officially finished the rough draft of Soulless (unless you count a potential epilogue that I’m still on the fence about). It’s been several years since I completely finished a rough draft of something, and the feeling is incredibly accomplished. The timing couldn’t be better, either, since Monday I was really feeling like I wasn’t making any progress. Inspired once more by the frequent advice that I need to treat writing as a full time job (thanks, Lauralynn!), I changed my routine up Tuesday morning, and the difference is astonishing. I minimized distractions and went back to an old system that allows me to work on certain things a little longer and more productively than what I was doing on Monday. If I keep this up, I’m going to have the full-time writer thing down pat…as far as the writing part goes. The making money part…well…patience, young grasshopper, patience.

I managed to transcribe a chapter in, then realized that I’ve already typed up to Chapter 14 (out of 20). Sooo…having this draft typed by the end of this round is definitely going to happen. Having the whole thing in by the end of this week is a possibility. So I’m going to try to do at least a chapter a day, and then get down to some heavy duty editing. I figured if I take one chapter per check in and just really finesse the heck out of the chapter, I’ll have a pretty solid manuscript ready for beta readers at the end of the round.

Let’s see…all my daily goals were kept up pretty well. Yesterday was just really productive in that “treat this like your job now” aspect, which was fantastic. Today will be a little off, but that’s the nice thing about this full-time gig: I can set which days are my “working days” and which days (like today, since the boyfriend stays over Tuesday nights) are more relaxed days.

Finally, the drawing for the check in! My apologies for the quality; I have a scanner, but no working desktop right now, so photographs will have to do. Also, if anyone knows of a good image editing app (since I have a ChromeBook), please let me know! I used to use Photoshop in school and then Gimp because I’m cheap, but I have no idea what I can use now for my artsy stuff.

Clearly, the background/frame work is still a work in progress, but here you have a little piece I’ve been working on featuring Auferrix Ferrore, and the Serpent in a Cage theme. This isn’t the image I have in mind for the cover, but the cover is going to be an Art Nouveau style, so I figured I’d better get the practice in. And, who knows, the original idea could fail, so this will make a good back-up (though I might have to sketch some clothes on her). The detail work in this style is INSANE, and I know if I can get some coloring going, this could be a really proud piece for me. It’s really channeling the vibe I want for the SiaC artwork, and I’m thinking of titling this one “The Girl in the Green Cloak,” and doing subsequent pieces with the other characters.

So, my goals are going well, and have even altered a little bit for the better. How’s everything on your RoW80 front?

And, if you haven’t already, swing by and check out my fellow RoWers here! Happy writing!


  1. Nice drawing! And congrats on finishing a first draft of your story.

    It sounds like we’re both in a similar place. I’ve just started writing full-time this year, and you do have to treat it as a job–a job you can do in fuzzy bunny slippers, but a job nonetheless. I also just finished a first draft after going through a bit of a dry spell. I look forward to hearing more about your progress and your work during this round of words. 🙂

    • It’s still a little weird for me wearing comfy PJ pants all day, but…dammit, all my other pants just get uncomfortable after a while. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be able to get used to it, though. Thanks for stopping by, Denise.

  2. great job on finishing the first draft! That a great feeling. I’m actually good at the first draft stage. It’s the second, third, etc. that I struggle with. Which is why I have so many projects sitting waiting for me to polish them up.

    good luck with your goals!

    • I’m a notorious not-finisher. So it’s always a big deal for me when I hit that “The End” point officially. The end is always in my mind, but not always on the paper.

  3. Congratulations on finishing your rough draft. That’s awesome! And I LOVE your drawing. Wish I knew of a image editor, but unfortunately not too familiar enough with Chromebook to make suggestions.

    Have a great rest of the week!

    • I’ve got some time to try to look into it, I think, or maybe see if there’s something available at a local library. Or maybe I’ll even finally get my desktop back up and running. Who knows? Either way, visual work is something I really want to get back into. Thanks for all the kind words. 🙂

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