Ktismatics

16 March 2011

Draft One Done

Filed under: Fiction, Reflections — ktismatics @ 7:36 am

My love to Wendy and the boys.

– the last line of the first draft

Once I started thinking about the fifth and final part of this novel, I realized that not much more needed to be said. So now the book is pretty much finished. I’ll let it rest for a week or so, then go back to the top and edit. I don’t believe that the editing will involve much rewrite though, since the current draft is already in pretty good shape from editing each of the parts separately.

My idea when I began this novel was that it would be the first in a sequence of some as-yet-undetermined number of installments — sort of like the first season in a television series. So now I’ll have to see if I’m intrigued enough with this fictional space and this set of central characters to move them on to the second season. As of now I think it will be a go. I expect to insert a gap between the books, with the center of action jumping geographically from someplace like Boulder to someplace like Nice and the stories jumping temporally maybe a year forward from the end of the first book.

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  1. Well done, John! I look forward to reading it soon.

    “center of action jumping geographically from someplace like Boulder to someplace like Nice and the stories jumping temporally maybe a year forward from the end of the first book.”

    For some reason, I’m reminded of Heimat 2. There’s no reason why a third book can’t jump back to between the first and second novel or occur during either.

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    Comment by NB — 16 March 2011 @ 9:43 am

  2. congrats! it’ll be a great read, I’m sure…

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    Comment by michael- — 16 March 2011 @ 10:57 am

  3. Congratulations!

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    Comment by duncan — 16 March 2011 @ 4:02 pm

  4. Thanks, fellows. Heimat? I just read the description — maybe so. And you’re right that I don’t have to stick with historical linearity. Part of what interests me is the possibility of changing the style and structure with each “season,” so that’s one of the things I want to think about before starting season two. Whether it’ll be a great read I can’t say, but so far it’s been a pretty good write.

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    Comment by ktismatics — 16 March 2011 @ 5:15 pm


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