I’ve been thinking of resuming a first draft blog for about half a year. I wanted to make sure I really wanted to go through with it before I made this post. I was looking at Wattpad since it’s a place authors place chapters of their books for people to read, but in studying the site, I realized it wasn’t for me. I like Wattpad and what it offers, but it doesn’t fit what I want to do. I don’t want a critique. I’m not looking for a beta reader. Those things seem to be what Wattpad is all about, and those don’t interest me. (That’s what my current beta readers and editors are for, and I use them after the first draft is done.)
All I really want is to be able to share my first draft with you guys. A couple of you have told me you used to look forward to those posts, and I never forgot that. It means a lot to me that you’d be willing to stick with me like that. And it means a lot that you continue to stick with me after all these years. I published my first romance on Amazon and Smashwords back in 2009. Though time has passed, often it feels like it was just yesterday. And I remember some of you contacted me early on to offer me encouragement. It made all the difference in March 2010 when I hit a particular low point and was ready to give up.
From that point, the encouragement and support has only grown, and words don’t adequately express how blessed I am because of all you’ve done for me.
So when I thought about doing a first draft blog again, I realized I wanted to do it so we could both have something to look forward to and enjoy together.
I’m still in the process of getting it set up. I’m planning on 500 words 5 days a week. (This will allow me some wiggle room in case the kids get sick.) I’ll be scheduling posts in advance so they can be on time Monday through Friday at 8am. (That is US Central Time. I know some of you are overseas, so it’ll be in the evening for some of you.)
To get myself back into the routine, I’m going to start with something short and easy, so I decided to write a prequel to the novella I did in Bride by Design under my pen name, Barbara Joan Russell. This will be Sadie and Clark’s romance, and I’m calling it “Betting On Love”. I figure it’ll either be a novelette or novella. I’m not sure yet.
After that, I should be warmed up to do longer stories, and I’ve decided Wagon Trail Bride will be the one I’ll post.
When I’m ready to start posting on the blog, I’ll give the link to it. Right now, I’m still getting it organized. I also need to finish and edit Ruined by the Earl before I can properly focus on another story. It’s looking like I’ll finish with the first draft this upcoming week, and I will hopefully have it published at the end of March. *fingers crossed* So I’m going to estimate early April is when I’ll have the first draft blog ready to go.
I didn’t realize you were thinking of doing this again. Apparently, you’ve missed it and others have, too. 🙂
I wanted to be careful about announcing this, so I’ve kept it to myself as I pondered the pros and cons. One of the things I liked about it was that it made it easier to finish some books because I had to make my word count in that particular day. This time, I’m giving myself two days off a week, though, because there were times when I couldn’t make the post before.