It’s a holy mess and I don’t remember half of what I’ve written. But it’s a 102,000 words long, it has characters I love, and most of all, it has a beginning, a middle, and an end. I am very happy to announce I just finished my novel draft.
Of the 90 days of this novel-writing challenge, today was the hardest. I knew I couldn’t say it was “done” until I got through this day, but still I put it off until after I’d done my Sunday chores and finished the Sunday crossword puzzle. And yet I put it off. And put it off. I think it’s because I didn’t want the story to end, to say goodbye to the characters. I know I’ll be getting to know them better in the rewrite, but still, I feel like they’ve moved on.
I actually have a lot more I want to share with you about this whole process, but I want to get my thoughts in order. In the meantime, I just wanted to thank everyone for seeing me through this challenge; it really was a big help to know I had people out there watching for me, making sure I wouldn’t miss the deadline.