Finished My Rough Draft

Major milestone, people!

After plotting for 2 months and writing for 5 months, my first draft is complete on novel #3.

*Commence happy-dance, ala Steve Carrell*

Happy Dance

Couldn’t be happier! And it’s about 3 weeks ahead of my goal I set earlier this year. That never happens. It’s about 70,000 words and I know I have several scenes I need to add/adjust (I’d like to be closer to 80,000 words), but I’ll take care of those during revisions. But how often do people reach this milestone?? I feel like I need to celebrate with a bottle of wine or something! Coffee isn’t enough of a celebratory drink.

Once I’m done with my hurrah cocktail,  I need to get back to work. I’ll set the first draft aside and work on my second novel’s revisions. That one needs a crap-load of fixing! Which means, I’ll need to pass that through my critique group. I love their ideas, and above all their honesty. I also need to write the query letter and synopsis for the second novel (which I’m sure I’ll also send through my friends). Hopefully I’ll be ready to query that one to agents and editors starting around May.

But weeks like this make me feel so justified. I accomplished something.

5 responses to “Finished My Rough Draft

  1. Finishing a manuscript is such a great feeling! Congrats!

  2. Congrats on reaching a huge milestone! It’s easy thinking about writing a novel, but it’s something different entirely to actually get it written.

    Good luck with the revisions & queries 🙂

  3. Congratulations on reaching this huge milestone! And early too – what a big bonus. Take time in celebrating this big finish before diving into your revisions – you’ve surely deserved it.

  4. I can’t wait to read it! It’s the best feeling in the world. Cheers!

  5. Congrats! I am so excited. I LOVE the story and can’t wait to read it!

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