Saturday, 2 July 2011

Read Through

The first draft is finally complete! I can't believe I've finished something so massive. I am really pleased with what I have achieved so far, but it doesn't stop here.

Last night I printed out the whole thing and today I am going to sit down and read it through. From beginning to end. I'm going to attempt this first read through as a reader and not sit there with my pencil in hand making changes. I intend to read it through once as I would any other book I pick up and then I will read it through again with my pencil and note book and make notes, list flaws and plot holes and tear it to bits, but for today, I'm sitting down and I'm reading my own crime novel!

Here it is, all ready to be read and I can't wait.


  1. Ah, the first readthrough without making edits. Resist that red pen!

    Moody Writing

  2. Brilliant Rebecca, congratulations!

    It's real you know, you wrote a novel :)

  3. Congratulations on finishing your first draft. Have fun with your read through.

  4. Congratulations Rebecca! My thoughts are the same as mooderino's, "Resist the red pen" today.

    Enjoy it for what it is. You have accomplished a great feat!

  5. Fantastic Rebecca! Doesn't it look good, all clean and printed out like that!

  6. Congrats on finishing the draft. I have yet to read my own writing w/o picking up a pen. Maybe I should hide them and try...

  7. Massive congratulations - is it wrong of me to feel a teensy bit jealous..? What an achievement! x

  8. Congratulations! Mm, I wonder if you will be able to resist corrections. Enjoy!

  9. Mooderino - I managed to read it without marking anything down. It wasn't easy though, I had twitchy fingers!

    Sarah - Thank you. I know! So excited.

    Carrie - Thank you. It was interesting :)

    Mieke - Thank you. I resisted. It was an interesting experience :)

    Annalisa - It looks great doesn't it!

    Patricia - It wasn't easy doing the read through without a pen, but I managed and it was worth it because I could see what flowed and what didn't.

    Linda - Thank you. I think it's natural to be honest. As an aspiring writer I think we will always feel that bit of professional envy when our peers progress because we want it for ourselves. In fact I think you may have just inspired a new blog post topic!

    Achelois - Thank you! :)

    Glynis - Thank you. I managed to resist. It wasn't easy though. A bit like asking me to resist chocolate that is sat in the fridge!