Art by Katerina Belkina
"The train was watching Olesya undress. She thought it shuddered under the carpet, thick purple carpet, felt the shudder through the soles of her shoes, new flats acquired for the tour in a boutique on Tverskaya, a red lacquer pair that cost half of her principal dancer salary, but it was worth it, dammit, it was worth it to spend—"
THIS IS THE NEW OPENING AND I ALREADY WANT TO FIX IT BUT I'LL WAIT.
I finished Draft 2 of TUBE yesterday! You can read the whole damn thing here! And send me messages like "It sucked!" or "I love it!" But you already know this as I'd shouted about it from every rooftop, albeit being half-dead whilst at it. Consider this an in-depth shout with a story of how this draft came to life over 4 months, the longest time I've ever spent on a draft to date in the 3 years I've been writing, and the things it has taught me.
I started working on Draft 2 with the lighthearted intent on tackling 121K words of Draft 1 in a month or two and it ended at a whooping 153K words and 707 pages 4 months later, having changed from a silly train-kills-ballerinas kind of tale to a seriously sickening and twisted story that raised hair on my shackles and got me to dig up some wonderful shit buried deep. I tried to shush it and couldn't and now it's written.
HERE ARE 10 THINGS IT TAUGHT ME.