Shadow Dawn Updates & Extracts
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First Draft Done… Sort Of

Character Design For Tara Woodfall by Antonia Brennan

Artwork by Antonia Brennan

So I’ve managed to do it! I’ve completed a first draft of a novel for the first time in my life. Whoohoo! Lets throw a party.

Okay, let’s not throw a party just yet, the hard bit is just around the corner.

Yes, I have 52,000 words of writing that sort of follows a plot line and gets my characters from where I wanted them at the start of the book to where I wanted them at the end of the book.

Yes, all my characters have appeared in that 52,000 words.

Yes, most of the major events have been included.


The last chapter has not been written.

The character development has as much meat on it as an emancipated stick-man.

Most of the characters barely do anything except those major scenes and the rest seems a lot like fluff without much relevance.


Redrafting is needed in abundance.

But on the bright side. I’ve written 52,000 words so I have something to work with. Maybe I will throw myself a small party. I shall go brew a celebratory pot of tea.

I’ve achieved something I hadn’t before. I know know that I can get this far so why not further.

All the same. Wish me luck with editing.

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Carol Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.


  1. Congratulations! This is a huge step. You totally deserve a party.. then get back to work. Mull things over a little. Have a break to reenergize so to speak. And because party! 🙂

    • Haha, thank you for saying so. Indeed, it’s good to have a little space to recharge and refocus. Thank you for the comment, and the follow. 🙂

  2. Oh I’m not a big fan of editing! I love writing and everything but when it comes to editing, to keep going over it!
    Okay I’m not making this better for you 😅
    But wow it’s amazing you’ve written that much! I hope you can finish it with a flourish 😉

    • I hope so too. Thank you for commenting.
      Don’t worry, you’re not putting me off. Editing isn’t much fun but it can lead to some amazing gems along the way.

  3. You’ve done well! I think my first attempt at a novel was around 40,000 words. Yup, it was real skinny. Keep going, Carol. The rest of that story is in you, and it must come out 🙂

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