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Yesterday I finished the second draft of my novella, Wheatyard, and I'm pretty pleased with what I've accomplished. I'm generally good at starting things but not so good at finishing them, so while writing the first draft came relatively easy, knuckling down and revising the entire thing took some rather concerted effort. So finishing the second draft feels like an even greater accomplishment than finishing the first one.

Now I need to type up my handwritten edits into polished form, and then hand it off to my wife Julie, whose opinion (literary and otherwise) I cherish more than any other. She's only read a few fragments of the story, several years ago, and I'm very eager to see what she thinks of the whole thing. Once the third draft is finished - I'm guessing it will be about six months from now - I'll probably recruit a few other readers to look it over and give me more feedback.

September 19, 2007 in Fiction, Wheatyard | Permalink


Aw shucks. I can't wait to read it!

Posted by: Julie at Sep 19, 2007 11:32:31 AM

Many congrats, man. Hope to see you soon, perhaps this weekend at Quimbys or thereafter at MoJoe's.

Posted by: Nick Ostdick at Sep 19, 2007 8:20:13 PM

Hey, congrats Pete. That's no small amount of work.

Posted by: Jonathan at Sep 20, 2007 5:06:17 PM