Another draft is in the books

At lunch today, I finished the first draft of what is my 7th complete story for 2010.  It is another science fiction mystery and it stands (in first draft) at 5,700 words.  I am very pleased with this one, but also a little worried.  The story reads very well, and writing the end of the penultimate scene brought tears to my eyes. But I wonder how much I am deceiving myself into thinking this story is really that good. I’m not saying its bad, but I wonder if the confidence I got from the sale to ANALOG is making me overlook stuff in the current story.

I plan on spending some time cleaning it up and making sure it reads smoothly, then I’ll send it off to my trusted first readers to get some feedback and that will really tell me if I’m on the right track or not.

All told, I ‘ve written 3,000 words today (including NaNoWritMo) and it’s barely 1 pm.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.