WHEN IS A FIRST DRAFT REALLY FINISHED?

Ah, it’s been a while since the last #CurrentlyWriting post, so buckle up for a lot of news!

First of all, let me update you on book #2: a little while ago — more specifically, in October — I finished the first draft of Once in a Lifetime. Or, so I thought.

I have a group of friends (aka, the best friends/team in the whole entire universe) that have volunteered to be my alpha-readers. They did it for Welcome, and they’ve done it for Once. If you don’t know, an alpha-reader is basically what the name says — someone who reads the uncorrected, typo-filled, crappy first version of the book. And then gives feedback to the author. So, that’s what my friends did. And, boy, did they have feedback!

Unlike what I’ve done with Welcome, which I wrote in layers, this time I wrote it chapter by chapter, in chronological order. I found this easier for two main reasons: 1) the story develops over a much shorter period of time, and 2) it’s written in first person, so there isn’t a lot of space to fill. So, I sent the book to the Best Team In The Universe™️ chapter by chapter, and they gave me insights in real time. It was a crazy experience, but also one that motivated me a lot more. And one that massively influenced the story and the way I wrote it. Who said writing was a lonely experience again?

Okay, cool, but what’s the point of this whole explanation, you ask? The point is… the first draft is not finished. LOL. I mean, I finished it, but after their comments, I found out there was a lot more to the story than what I had written. There was a lot more I wanted to tell, and a different way in which to tell it. So, as it is, I’ve finished half of Once. Which, as you can imagine, pushed back the whole schedule. It’s not coming as soon as I predicted, I’m afraid. But it is coming, and I plan on doing a better job of keeping you updated. And, maybe, also involved… have you ever heard of beta-readers? More news on this soon.

For now, what I can tell you about it is: it’s not gonna be as short as I thought it would, it’s still gonna be written in first person — just maybe not from a single POV —, the story still happens over those twelve days, and it’s a bit different from Welcome. It’s a bit heavier. A bit darker. But I hope you like it just as much!

Still on the topic of #CurrentlyWriting, I’ve been having a lot of fun with the short stories! Have you read any of them? There are only two published so far, but I already have a file full of prompts and ideas. Keeping them short is not easy, but this exercise has been refreshing! It’s also nice to have somewhere else to focus my creative energy on, and being able to write something completely out of my world and the book’s world has surprisingly helped me stay inside of it. You can expect a new one for next week — it will be all about Christmas, of course!

And speaking of Christmas… how would you like a little Christmas present from me?

So, from December 25th to January 1st, Welcome to New York will be available for only $0.99 on Amazon. Over this same period, I’ll be running a giveaway! You’ll have the chance to win 1 of 5 digital copies and/or 1 signed paperback of the book! All you’ll have to do to participate is answer one simple question — expect an email with all the info later. Oh, and there’s also a little catch: this giveaway will be exclusive for my mailing list! So, if you haven’t already, sign up to that newsletter right now!

And, speaking of WtNY, here are some pictures of the book touristing around actual NYC:

That perfect Manhattan skyline!
Hey, Lady Liberty!
Chilling in Central Park!
Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge!
Visiting its cousins!


One of my friends is there right now and decided it would be a nice surprise to take my book with her and send me pics! Didn’t I tell you I have the best friends in the universe?


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