That is the tag line of my blog. So how hard was it? Well I have to say the first draft wasn’t that hard. It took me a couple of years I gave up on it at one point then went back. I was able to knock out a 90k first draft relatively painlessly although at the time I didn’t think it was.
The tag line should have been: How hard can it be to write a good book? You see my first draft was pretty much pants. I sent it to an author friend of mine who send it back with some very encourage words but basically told me it was crap.
I have since split it into two books added another major plot line, completely changed some of the characters. Deleted and re-written great chucks of it. I think I am now on my fifth or possibly sixth draft I reached the part of the book where it needs a lot of extra scenes, so I’m now about to embark on writing new bit rather than re-writing old ones. I now have some scenes in my book where I might describe as not bad, unfortunately most of it is still dire but I keep going.
There are people in this world who can knock out a first draft give it a quick polish and it’s ready to go. I can only conclude they have sold their souls in return for this super power. If you are thinking of writing a book be warned. The first draft is the easy part!
Any one else found it the same or have you too sold your souls?