children of the sun

I finished my WIP?! (+ anesthetics & snippet!!)

Whoa. What?! Last thing I remembered I was still writing the final battle scene between the heroes and the villains for the longest time and… now it’s done? WHAT? I am in total writing hangover mode haha.

So on July 6, 2019, at around 11:30PM, I finished writing Children of the Sun, draft 3. Although technically it was a revision, it felt more like re-write because… well, I did end up re-writing probably 85% of the whole thing.

You guys might remember that Children of the Sun has been around since 2007 when I wrote the first draft during Nanowrimo. It was pretty terrible back then (the name of the villain changed 80% through the novel… simply because I forgot his name LOL) however I loved the concept of the story. After a thorough and massive overhaul of the plot and the characters, I re-wrote the novel in 2017-2018. At this point it was a short novel at 56K and still quite a few character and world building problems. So after a bit more tweaking, including aging one character 12 years and giving 3 other characters very cool genetically-enhanced abilities, I got to work on draft 3.

The total word count of draft 3 is……

101167 words!!!

Which is pretty much on target, though I may want to trim it down so that it is under 100K words. For those of you who want to see a graph of my progress, here it is: (I tracked my word counts from April using the Camp Nano tracker so that’s why they aren’t on this spreadsheet haha.)

Draft 3 was not an easy one. Towards the last 10-20% of the novel, I hit a rough patch where I lost inspiration for a bit and just didn’t like the words I was putting onto the page. There was also the final action scene between the heroes and the villains that gave me a lot of trouble (I am terrible at writing action scenes.) There were also days (and stretches of days) when I simply didn’t have time to write, which was frustrating and challenging. When I skipped writing for several days, it was harder to get back into the momentum of the story and the mindset of my characters.

However there were also moments when the characters and the story carried me away, when I was lost in writing for hours and hours. There were times when the story meandered away from the outline in new and fascinating ways and even I didn’t know where it will take me. There were moments when my characters made me smile and when they made me ugly cry haha. It was a struggle to write the final scenes because I realized I couldn’t just continue writing about the characters’ day to day life after the story, the story has already ended, and it was time to let them go. It made me sad to write the final scene and not because it was a sad scene (OK it was totally a sad scene), but because I had to sad goodbye to my novel and my characters, like saying goodbye to friends I knew intimately well.

SOOO yeah, lots of feels. Major writing hangover hahaha.

What now?? Thankfully, even though I reached the end of the novel, it doesn’t mean that I am done with it (yet.) There are still several rounds of revisions left to go. First I am planning to go back and do a few minor touch-ups, which includes places where I’ve made comments like, “more in-depth description?” “make consistent. A bit trippy?” And then it is off to the beta-readers. Hoping to round up beta-reader feedback by end of August, and then do one more round of revisions in September ๐Ÿ™‚

(Pssst…… If you are interested in being a beta-reader, drop me a comment below or DM me on twitter!)

Novel Synopsis

Among us are creatures armed with devastating abilities: Fire-users, who harness the power of spontaneous combustion; mentalists, who control objects with a glance and a thought; amphibians, who breathe underwater; and the elusive shapeshifters, who disguise themselves in plain sight. We call them Deviants. It is the job of the Deviant Investigation Unit to track them down.

Fifteen-year-old Meredith doesnโ€™t have a last name or a passport. She lives with her adoptive father, Rio Matsui Henderson, who is the lead Detective in the Deviant Investigation Unit. When a fellow police officer disappears, Meredith investigates the unexplained deaths of three young women. With the help of a powerful mentalist and her teenage son, Meredith uncovers her own past and the darkest secret in the history of Deviants.

Snippet

โ€œThis one probably should go to you guys. Doesnโ€™t seem to be electrical or gas, though hard to tell because, well.โ€ He casts a look over his shoulder at the ruins that had once been a house. โ€œWe found a match in the Deviant Registry.โ€

โ€œYeah, I heard. Juvenile, 4 years old.โ€

As the detectives exchange information, Meredithโ€™s eyes drift past them, her gaze settling amidst the commotion where there is a small child on the other side of the tape. Her eyes are squeezed shut, her mouth open in a wail, but her cries are drowned out by the crowd. Her clothes, a charred and tattered nightgown, hang loosely around her shoulders. Her arms are pulled behind her as if cuffed at her back.

Alaya enters the throng, speaking to the child and the adults. Meredith follows her as the older woman asks questions and scribbles in her notepad. But Meredithโ€™s eyes donโ€™t let go of the little girl who is half her size. As Alaya pulls out her tablet, her fingers dancing over the keypad, the girl cries for her mom and dad and Helena, perhaps a sister. Several feet away is the ambulance, the paramedics close the doors and climb into the front seat. They drive away, sirens off.

Meredith glances over Alayaโ€™s shoulder at the tablet. Georgina Wilson is a Deviant, about to turn 5 years old in November. A fire-user.

The other adults stand a distance away from the girl, as if she is contagious, as if they can catch it too if they touch her or breathe the same air. Or perhaps they are afraid to burst into flames. The girl cries still, her face dripping with snot and tears. She is shivering.

Meredithโ€™s feet are planted into the pavement like concrete blocks. โ€œYouโ€™re okay. Itโ€™ll be fine.โ€ The words come out as whispers but she can barely hear it herself. Maybe it is for the best, it is an empty promise. Deviants have served life sentences for lesser crimes.

Meredith doesnโ€™t move from her spot until Alaya taps her on the shoulder, causing her to jump. The sympathetic glance from the older woman tells her that it is time to go. As they head back to the car with the hand-cuffed girl, Meredith turns back to the remains of the house, smothered in a plume of flames. The crowd has thinned, just a handful of people hovering around the tapes, the smell of smoke lingers in the air, but soon it will go too, chased away by wind and rain.ย 

Are you working on a WIP right now? Any tips on getting over post-novel hangover?

46 thoughts on “I finished my WIP?! (+ anesthetics & snippet!!)

    1. Hi Lisa! Thank you โค It means a lot to me that you like the sound of the novel so far and that you're interested in being a beta-reader! My only requirement is for beta-readers to finish by August 24, since I plan to start editing again at this time. Let me know if this works for you and if you are still interested ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Love this snippet! The synopsis totally got me hooked! Whenever there are teenagers with special abilities, I want in! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Congrats on finish your WIP, that’s amazing! I’m currently writing two 1st drafts of different novels and editing a third one, because apparently I’m crazy. And I’m drooowning. But I find that the best way to get over writing hangover is to read a lot! And then you get new ideas for new books and you start the whole cycle all over again ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thank you Audrey! Glad to hear that you like the snippet and the synopsis ๐Ÿ™‚ let me know if you are interested in being a beta-reader.

      Wow thatโ€™s pretty amazing that you are working on 3 novels at once!! Iโ€™ve only ever worked on one novel at a time haha ๐Ÿ™‚ I will definitely be reading a lot in the upcoming weeks. You are right that it will help with my hangover haha ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Great!! I am hoping to start another round of revisions on August 24 so I would like to ask that beta-readers finish by this date. Does this time frame work for you? Also please let me know your email ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. AHHH SOPHIE CONGRATULATIONS this is so exciting yay!! I can’t wait to hear more about this WIP and I really, really love everything you’ve told us about it so far and that snippet. This story sounds so, so sooo promising โค

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  3. Woah, this is amazing! That snippet is extremely captivating, in such a little space, which shows how amazing you are as a writer! Is there anything that I would have to do or have experience with to be a beta-reader? If you have enough now, that’s all good ๐Ÿ™‚
    -Emma

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    1. Hey Emma!! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ I am glad that you like the snippet. My only requirement for my beta-readers is to finish the entire novel by August 24, since I am hoping to start editing again at that time. Let me know if this time frame works and if you are still interested! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Big congratulations on finishing your latest draft!! That’s amazing and over 100K words is so impressive!! You did it!!! *dance party* Yes I’ve been there where you aren’t motivated to write as you feel like everything you write isn’t very good– they’re tough periods but you got through it and finished which is incredible!!
    I imagine it is quite emotional when you finish writing a book– I’ve never done it myself so I don’t have any tips on a post-novel hangover, sorry!!
    Thank you for sharing aesthetics and a snippet– I love seeing more about people’s WIP and it is so good– you already have a feel for the world and complex issues!! And the Deviants have really interesting powers!! I love it!!
    Best of luck with the next steps in your writing!! And congratulations again!! โค

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    1. Hello Esther!! So glad to hear that you would like to beta-read again! There has been quite a few significant changes in this draft so itโ€™ll be wonderful to hear your point of view as someone who has read the previous draft ๐Ÿ™‚ my only requirement this time around is for beta-readers to finish the entire novel by August 24. Let me know if you are still interested and if this time frame works!!

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    1. Thank you Jai Lynn!! Glad to hear that you like the sound of the premise so far. Haha yes it is a happy yet bittersweet feeling to finish a novel that I’ve been working on for a while ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Wow! Without spoiling anything, I was amused to see the changes in the blurb from the previous draft to this one, haha. Sad that I won’t be able to make this beta reading deadline, but I look forward to reading the story again when you’re all done! I can’t wait to see my-favorite-character again!!

    Lol I guess I never learned to deal with post-draft hangover/depression. I just suffered, and after a while, I would get distracted by something else in life, and the depression/hangover would dissipate.

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    1. Thanks for your support Sieran! And no worries, Iโ€™ll send you the story when Iโ€™m done with this revision if youโ€™re still up for reading it ๐Ÿ™‚ I made a few changes to Zeniths character so Iโ€™m not sure if youโ€™ll still like him?!!

      Haha yes as for post-draft hangover, I am getting over it little by little, trying to fill up the hole in my heart with other stuff haha ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Congrats on finishing your third draft! ๐Ÿ’— Your story truly sounds so interesting and I loved the snippet that you posted! I definitely wish you all the best luck with your project! My current WIP is also one I have changed up over several years until it felt right ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you Caro!! Glad that you like the sound of the story and the snippet! That means a lot to me! Sounds like we’re in a similar boat in that we’ve been revising our WIPs for a while haha. How is your WIP doing now? Do you think you will be finished revisions soon? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Wow, I had no idea that Children of the Sun was originally created in 2007. That is… mindblowing. It’s inspirational that you’ve kept working on the story so many years later — I can only imagine how many changes you’ve made to it! And I can definitely relate to the rewriting more than 80% part of the story — that’s usually what happens after the first draft is done ๐Ÿ˜† I love the synopsis (it’s very intriguing & definitely captures my attention!) and the snippet! Best of luck with your WIP ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Hey Zoie! Haha yes it’s been a long while since the first draft of Children of the Sun and I definitely made lots of changes especially in the first revision. So glad to hear that you like the synopsis and snippet. Thank you so much โค

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