First draft of Hild is finished

I finished the first draft of the first volume of my novel about Hild. It’s huge: 976 pages (more than 200,000 words). I’ll lose a lot of that in the rewrite, of course, but it will still be long.

Submitted as proof:

Photo taken with crapcam (sorry about that). It turns out that 976 pages is nearly 11cm (4.5 in) high and weighs north of 4 kilos (>9 lbs).

Why all the detail? So I can avoid actually beginning the rewrite…

7 thoughts on “First draft of Hild is finished

  1. Wow, congratulations! I hope I never write anything that long, and I mean that in a good way if you see what I mean; what a labour completed! May the rewrite be easy and the results satisfying.

  2. Jonathan, I know exactly what you mean. The length of this draft is insane.

    The second draft is where I turn a bunch of events (and the beginnings of an ethnography of the early 7th century…) into a real story, a novel. Fun in a different way.

    I love my job 🙂

  3. I'm fascinated and will want to be one of the first to read it. I am always intrigued by powerful and learned women of earlier times. I am also really impressed by the scale of your displacement activity 🙂

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