How I wrote a 119,000 word draft in 57 days

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194 pages, 95 chapters and 119,000 words. All written in 57 days.

I just finished my first draft of The Cadetship and it’s the longest story I have ever written. I have consistently been working on it for pretty much every single day since the first of August when I sat down and word vomited 8,100 words. And those were good quality words as well.

I started off with the story idea just a week before I started writing it. And I’ve been building on ideas since then. Most times I made things up on the fly, other times I had a goal scene to get to and I made my own path to it. There were only two occasions where I had faulted and drew a blank on what happened next. The first time I decided to go back and do a light edit of my past writing to see if my brain was able to create something more, which it did. The second time I had reached the 3/4 mark and I began to panic. During that time the stress of coming so far and the thought of not completing it propelled me to brainstorm what I could do to my characters. This worked and I added some new ones in, including sub plot story lines.

I wrote, for the most part, every single day, working around my split shifts at work. I have managed to write on average maybe two thousand words a day. You can vaguely track my progress through my twitter account. I can’t believe I’ve been able to produce such a thing 🙂 Knowing I can write something like this means I can write anything I put my mind too.

God damn, how I have managed to surprise myself. I didn’t know I was capable of this until now. My future stories will be so fun and easy to write 🙂 Editing too will be a blast. I’ve already identified what things I need to work on and change too 🙂

By the time you read ths post I would have had a few days break before returning to the story tobegin my second draft. Honestly I’m not sure when this YA sci-fi will be out, but maybe next year. Here’s hoping 🙂

 

Synopsis for The Cadetship

I’ve almost finished a first draft of my new young adult sci-fi The Cadetship. I think it’s a pretty well rounded story so far. I’ve already identified things that I need to improve and add or subtract. But I’ve got a synopsis done for it 🙂

Read it below;

Sixteen year old Ilona Castor has spent her entire life hiding. Even this name and identity she inhabits is not her own, but the amalgamation of her adoptive family’s past tragedy. After the death of her mother, she has spent the last seven years in deep space surviving through smuggling and the illegal ore mining of asteroids. But with eventual their capture she is flung into a new world, she agrees to complete a military cadet course in exchange for the dropping of criminal charges. Veiwing it as slightly better alternative to a prison sentence, she is however pleasantly surprised to discover that not only is she well prepared for the courses onboard the Liberty, but she excels at them.

Her goal of becoming the captain of her own crew and ship looks to be met through the experiences and education she recieves here. Her plan is to continue moving through the universe, forever alluding her father. Her young childhood having been blighted by his pursute of her and her mother’s death, shot by the very mercenaries he had sent. But her miraculous escape and disapearence has not hindered his efforts, only postponed it. To her horror she discovers that the ship she has been sent to is captained by him.

In the past, her new family’s lifestyle had offered her protection and the ability to elude him, but now stationary in one place is that even possible anymore? She knows his identity, but is it only a matter of time before he finds her?