Matt Gemmell:

Yesterday, I finished the first draft of my first novel. It came out at just over 90,000 words, which was the target I had in mind. It was a strange and emotional experience. After typing the last word, I felt like I’d been suddenly dumped out of that fictional world and back into this one, with an abruptness that almost made my ears pop.

Huge congrats to Matt for making it this far. Matt is is a fantastic writer — I always enjoy the writing he publishes on his site, as well as his articles in The Loop Magazine and Offscreen that I’ve read. I’m very much looking forward to Changer. Also, I’m curious about how the voice in his fiction writing will compare to the voice in his non-fiction writing.

The First Draft of a Novel