Apocalypse Now

The end is nigh. Well, the end has arrived. No, not the end of the world, there’s still a few more days left, apparently. But we have reached the end of our new novel, Bleeding Empire and that is sadder than the world going up in flames, or being devoured by zombies, whichever comes true. Personally we’re trying to drum up fear for the Dinopocalypse. It’s not catching on.

We reached the grand total of 107, 869 words yesterday, making it our shortest first draft ever. It’s a relief not to have a 150-200K novel waiting to be hacked up more than a character in Saw. Being written in 35 days also makes it our fastest novel yet. Although at the beginning it was tough, and writing the first 10 chapters was like trying to get blood from a sunken vein, towards the end the words were flowing like they were being pumped from a severed artery. And we didn’t want it to end.

That’s the trouble with writing a novel so quickly. The book is ready to end before you are. It’s a bit like drinking Red Bull – you’re still enjoying its tasty amber nectar and before you know it, the can is empty and you find yourself shaking it for the last delicious drop. Or maybe that’s just us. We felt like we were only just beginning to know the characters, to get into their heads and explore different aspects of their personalities, and we were enjoying the journey even though we had no map. We were falling in love with the whole idea of the horsemen, planning our bookmarks, our graphic novel, perhaps even artwork. And it was over. The book was ready to be finished. It didn’t matter how much we weren’t ready to be parted from it, there was nowhere left for it to go. Nothing left to say.

Except The End.

Writing Bleeding Empire was different to any other novel. For start, we did some research. Usually we research afterwards then alter the book so we can get on with the fun part first. But because we didn’t really know much about ending the world (which is terrible considering we plan to take it over one day), we did our research whilst writing the book. Sometimes, we’d stop in the middle of a scene, do some quick research then carry on. We were then able to use it as part of the plot, to help us when we got stuck. If you read our post about doing NaNoWriMo, you’ll know we had no ideas, except it was about the four horsemen and that most of them didn’t have names or characters. So doing the research whilst writing helped with ideas. We also know a hell of a lot more about diseases than we ever wanted to.

We’re desperate to start redrafting it, to add in all the bits we feel are missing. We need to add darkness, more descriptions, strengthen their characters at the start when we were just getting to know them. Famine hasn’t quite reached her full bitchy potential. There’s still more nastiness for her to unleash. But not yet. We know we have to wait, get some distance so we can return to it objectively. So, once we saved the final chapter, did we take the evening off to relax, maybe play Golden Axe 3 on the PS3 and just forget about writing for the rest of the day? Nope. We immediately started on Bad Romance, the sequel to Gunning Down Romance. *cracking open Red Bull* It’s how we roll.