I did a thing this week!

So…something took over me over the last couple of days. Or maybe I took myself over. LOL. But…I just wanted to let my loyal readers new and old know that I accidentally wrote 20,000 words over the course of two days. I think that comes to about 100 pages? Which, I can’t even wrap my mind around.

Team, this is HUGE for me, specifically. I used to think 500 words a day was a victory.

I began this particular novel with great excitement, but around the 47k mark started kinda getting stalled, and circling, and questioning…

And then, with this latest otherworldly push, what did I do the day before yesterday?

I finished the first draft!

Yeah. My eighth first draft manuscript is a time travel novel that as of right now calls itself The Heaven Variant, still requires a shit ton of research, and currently sits at 73,000 words long. It was born of a hefty idea that had scared and taunted me for years and has so much personal meaning. Almost too much. Which means this one may have to sit for a little while longer.

Is each page a masterpiece? I wouldn’t say that, hahaha.

But I’ve written worse first drafts before.

“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.” — William Faulkner

“I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box, so that later, I can build castles.”  — Shannon Hale

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou

Is this blog post about first drafts? Or the art of living?

Happy New Year, my friends!

This year, my wish for you all and my most important intention for myself is wild, boundless, fearless creativity!

Love,

Katia

8 responses to “I did a thing this week!”

  1. Yay! How wonderful you were able to draft some many words in a week! I love that Shannon Hale quote, too.

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  2. Thank you for your support, Robin, always! I love Shannon Hale. She is one of my literary heroines for sure.

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  3. Nan Marino

    That’s amazing!!! Congratulations!! I can’t wait to hear more about it. What a great way to start out the new year.

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    1. Thank you, Nan! I am still recovering LOL. But YES! It feels amazing! Let’s catch up in the New Year!

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  4. Woohoo, Katia! Excellent finish to the year! Can’t wait to read it! 🥰

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    1. Hey, Patti! Well…you’re going to have to wait a while for that one. But maybe there will be other things for you to read, before 😉 Thanks for finding me again! XOXO

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  5. Dom Davis

    What?! You are incredible. Can’t wait to hear more. Also, that Shannon Hale quote gave me goosebumps!

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    1. Thank you, Dominique. Yes, that quote is everything, isn’t it? So is your support! Love you!

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