The yo-yo weather has stopped. For now. June is just around the corner and Memorial Day, the first summer celebration is this weekend. This should mean the pain will decrease to its usual dull roar and I can chip away at the last of the novel’s first draft and begin working on the second. I’ve already begun putting a few words down into the computer from the handwritten draft, and I am liking what I see so far. Every time I’ve come upon a rough patch I’ve picked up the pen again and went back to the drawing board to write out a different scenario or scene depending on what is causing the problem. It is still working, which is all I can ask for at this stage.
The page count is 152 pages so far for the handwritten copy. The first draft isn’t finished, but not far away, I believe.
One thing that’s helped a lot is a present from a reader of the blog. She said I may use her first name: Constance. She is originally from Japan and is studying in New York. She handwrites her first drafts as well and sent me a wonderful fountain pen. It is a Jinhao fountain pen and works great for me, and her, because our hands are small. Heavy fountain pens can make your hand ever so tired, but this pen is perfect for my hand and it is affordable as far as refills are concerned. Plus, there is a refillable barrel it comes with and works well, too! Because of this wonderful present I rarely use the dip pen on the draft and have been able to continue using the color of ink I prefer for first drafts: sepia, or brown.
Thank you, Constance! It is a wonderful present and I hope it leads me on to further finished novels just as yours has! I love it!