Thursday, June 17, 2010

End in Sight!

Main Goal: To be done with this draft of Ivory. I want it to be reader ready by the 25th. (That's when hubby starts vacation, and I know I won't get much done with him home.)

How much do I have left? *calculates*

A lot.

What started as a 99,244 word novel right after NaNoWriMo 2008, ended up as a 94,876 second draft. Not a big difference. As it stands right now with the in-progress third draft, it's at approximately 80,000 words. Short for a fantasy novel.

I'm at 2nd draft chapter 11, third draft chapter 5. What was about 25,000 words, is now a little over 10,000. I had a ton of info dumping. I know what's left is good, and the rest of the novel is info dump free minus one chapter.

I'm also the point where I stopped fixing the tense my first time through. Gonna be a pain in my butt. At least my POV has stayed steady.

I'm never changing tense on a completed novel again. NEVER.

Oh well. It's my first complete novel. It has been a total learning experience, and I don't regret it. And I'm going to finish it all the way. No giving up just because I don't think it will sell. I didn't write it to sell it. I wrote it because it was a story in my head that wanted to be told.


  1. Good for you, Meg...beat that ms into submission!!

    You can do it...I can't believe I'm still working on HPC either, but there's gotta be at least one story that we can strip down and learn what we need to know on. The next one will be smoother. :-)

  2. Keep going as much as you can. Men can be a real pest when they're around.

  3. Thanks Jamie! Always a learning process.

    Martin, so true! Today though, my husband has been addicted to some app game. He shoots chickens at pigs... It's given me some peace and quiet. :D