No Man’s Land: finished!

Things I Have Learned While Writing This Book: there are an awful lot of words for “Fuck” in Polish.

polishSeriously. I made a list. (If I’ve got any wrong, please feel free to let me know…)

Anyway – I’ve finished the first draft of No Man’s Land! It’s sitting at 68k plus 2k is needed in two chapters, so it’s pretty much spot-on for length. It’s now gone to my alpha reader for her first thoughts, and then I’ve got the entire editing process – so it’s nowhere near finished as a thing, but it’s actually a story!

And I am ridiculously happy about this. *dances round house*

It’s the first book that I’ve actually had a laid-out plan for – not in much detail, but it’s more than I usually do! It’s the first book I’ve written as a linear story, and the first that has actually been easy to write (considering the length – my NaNo last year was very easy as well, but they were both novellas). And in addition, I absolutely love this book. It’s made me giggle, it’s made me cry – re-reading it while adding bits in has been a surprise as I’ve gone so fast that I can’t remember exactly what’s happened!

That said; it’s not a nice book. It’s swear-y and murderous and paranoid, and there’s at least three parts where people are likely to scream at me. I’m almost going to be disappointed if my alpha doesn’t come back with, “You did WHAT?!” at various points. I am mentally rubbing my hands together in glee and cackling slightly…

I may have listened to far to much Moog while writing, too. I’m going to have to steer clear of it for a few weeks!

My next steps are to leave the draft for a few weeks and wait for the alpha thoughts to come back. It might need radical changes or might not; either way, I know it’s still got some work to go. I’ve plotted No Man’s Sky, the second in the series, and I’m debating starting that – ideally I’d love for it to be my NaNo, but I also think that I might be better off using that enforced writing time for GreenSky, as Book 6 still needs rewriting and I haven’t finished Book 10 yet. I’m going to see how I feel, basically!

I’m still on an absolute high from finishing the story; this is what it’s all about. This is what all those “I can’t do it” and “I’m crap” moments are worth living through for  – I finished something! And I love it!

By the way, this is the blurb…

The supernatural community has been decimated by a poison that causes magic loss, paranoia and madness. After killing those worst infected, the survivors band together and try to pick up the pieces of their shattered world, all the while watching each other for the warning signs of the poison’s spread.

And now something’s coming through the gateway between worlds. Anyone with any ounce of talent has to pool their strength and hold the gate – and then deal with whatever comes through…

The apocalypse has already happened. This is what comes after.

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.