Here we go again

As I lay here in bed on a Sunday morning, I finally bit the bullet and decided to start a blog. I have started so many of these and never maintained them, so hopefully I stay motivated this time.

17 years ago, at 17 years of age, I started writing a fantasy novel. After writing the prologue and first chapter, I ran out of steam. It was heading in the same direction as every other fantasy novel I had ever read. It was not unique.
In April this year, I picked it back up, and dusted it off. I reworked my main characters and plot, and breathed new life into my world.
On the 20th July, I typed the final words I never thought I would see myself type:

The End
190 pages
104207 words

There is still lots of editing and refining before it can be published, but the hardest step is complete. So, what now?

I am already planning, somewhat slowly, book two, while I am editing my first draft. I have booked in with a beta reader for 11th September, who will read it and provide honest feedback. I have 10 days left before I send it off, so I need to get my backside into gear.

In my next post, I’ll show you how I designed the world map for book two.