Finishing the first draft of my first full-length novel project

Thursday, May 17, 2018, by taylorisreading

As you all probably already know if you follow any of my social media, I have completed the first draft of the book I have been writing since I started this book! It has been a very long journey, and there have been times where I stopped writing (for almost a year) and got distracted by other ideas or just life in general, but I always came back to it. Since starting this book, a lot has happened personally, and I graduated high school and started college. All of this helped me grow, and it all even affected my writing - for the better.

I did three of these posts in the past; one for when I first started, one when I finished the first ten chapters, and one when I finished the first twenty chapters. They were all informational/reflective posts that I hope helped some of you if you read them! And now I am making this post as I have finished the rough draft and am starting the editing phase.

The first thing I have to say about finishing my rough draft is that my entire book was wrong. It had felt right when first writing it some three years ago, but now that the book has ended, I can really see what direction I want the book to go in. I have to rewrite the first 20 chapters of the book - I am already halfway through chapter five - and make some huge changes.
I got rid of an entire group of people and changed them to be a subsection of a different type of people.

I changed a main character's name which is sad because I really liked his name, but it was too similar to the other main character's name.

I added a made up religion that now plays a huge part in my book.

I completely changed the ending and the direction of the second book.

My real main character has changed entirely, and now her parents have too.

My side villain is entirely different.

There is so much, and different, culture and mythology I need to include and work in.

And more.

In all, I have a lot of editing in front of me. This will be a lot of work, but I am so happy with my novel now, and I believe in it even more than I did before.

I definitely stand by what many authors say in that you don't know the first chapter of your book until you finish your last chapter. Now I believe in the fact that you don't ever really know the direction of your story - sometimes your characters surprise you or your own writing concludes before you though it would, or continues past where you though it would. Sometimes, in my case, you won't know the first three quarters of your book until you write the last chapter.

Well that's all I can thinm of currently about the first draft! I will doing writing videos on my channel starting in June, so be on watch for those!

How is your work in progress going?

Thanks for reading!



  1. I take a couple days off to regroup. Sometimes my brain gets over board and needs to relax

  2. Congrats! I know it must be a HUGE sigh of relief!
    I feel that when the first draft is complete, most of the work seems done. It's a long way from finishing, but the largest and most difficult part is done.

  3. Yes, I re-wrote through the first 5 chapters but now I'm a little more relaxed about it for the rest of this week to calm down lol

  4. Yes! It's great having the basis done, and now its just making everything come together😁

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  6. Congrats on finishing!! I finished my first draft in December and am in the THICK of the editing stage while working with an army of lovely beta readers.

  7. Oh how did you find beta readers? Are you ever worried anyone will steal your idea?

  8. It was pretty easy to find volunteers!! I posted on my blog that I was looking for readers and made a promoted post on Instagram. Next, I made a Google Form where the applicants could talk about their reading habits and what they look for when editing. I screened the applications and chose who I wanted!! I was a little concerned about plagiarism but what I do is send the readers one section at a time so they never have the entire novel at one time. If you want to email me and chat more about my process I'm happy to do that!! Also if you want a reader I'm your gal :)

  9. Thank you so much, that is a great idea for screening! I will definitely email you when I get closer to that process😊

  10. This makes me feel so much better about the fact that I wrote 70,000 words and most of it now feels wrong. Working up the energy to redraft is proving challenging though.

  11. I feel like that's completelt normal because now you know what you really want to happen!😁

  12. Exactly... well maybe. Let's see how the next draft goes.



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Hello readers, my name is Taylor and I'm a twenty-something who's rarely caught without a book in her hand. You can usually expect me to read fantasy with a heavy dollop of romance.