I finished the first draft of SOMETHING MORE THAN NIGHT this evening. Hooray!
It’s very exciting, typing up the final pages of a manuscript. Granted, this is only the fourth time I’ve done it. But it’s still a happy thrill. I hope it never loses its appeal.
There’s still so much work left to do on this thing…like make it coherent, and readable, and perhaps even find a way to make it not suck. But that’s rewriting. Rewriting is almost always less taxing than writing. At least now I have something to hammer on, rather than a blank page. But that’s a task to tackle another day.
I’m nearing the end of the first draft of Something More Than Night. I’ve just begun what will be, I think, the final scene. I’m very pleased. So now I’m at that phase where I look ahead to the second draft and think: ugh.
This book is very different from my other novels, not only in terms of story, characters, and world, but also in terms of how I’ve approached the writing. I outlined this one just as much as the others—the 4′ x 3′ corkboard in my office is completely covered with notecards—and yet this book lent itself to far more improvisation and in-the-moment reinvention along the way. Which sounds strange, when I hear myself say it, because I hewed more closely to the outline for this book than I did to any of the original outlines for the Milkweed books.
But the rewriting for this second draft will have a different focus, a different goal, than it did on any of the Milkweed books.
I’ve been sitting on this news for a while, because I’m a superstitious weirdo. (Also because I don’t like to talk about things until the contracts are signed. Call me crazy.)
But anyway, yeah! I am thrilled beyond words to announce that Tor has purchased SOMETHING MORE THAN NIGHT, my first post-Milkweed novel. Hooray! Oh Frabjous Day!
Details below the cut.