...But I am proud announce that the FIRST DRAFT OF MY NOVEL IS DONE!
Sorry, I don't mean to shout, but I am so incredibly excited!
As you can see, I have taken down my deadline button because I am actually ahead of schedule! Plus, I'm only 10 days later than my initial deadline.
I finished the story Saturday night and it was an amazing feeling. I actually cried! To tell you the truth, it means a lot to me that this story got completed. I had started this novel when I was 15...(yes at the age of 15) and I had put so much of myself into it. But, I couldn't go beyond Chapter 8. So, between the ages of 17 and 24 I wasn't writing this book at all (I call those the dark ages). But at the end of November, early December I decided it was time. I wanted to finish it. I needed to finish it.
And you know what? I did.
And I am so incredibly proud of myself.
I have a lot of work I need to get done. First of all, I need to type it (yes, I hand wrote it). See? Look there (okay a portion is typed, that spiral notebook edged paper is the handwritten part):
And since it's a fantasy novel, there are also certain elements of the world I created that I think I need to develop a bit further. It isn't a big enough plot hole that readers would see it right off the bat, but I'm thinking any fantasy enthusiast might wonder about it.
There are some parts of the story I know I did right, and other parts I think I need to take away or change.
So, should I have a new deadline? Well, I do have a date in mind that I would like this completed by and that is: August 3rd - 5th. Why? The Willamette Writer's Conference in Portland!
I mean, it may be a little soon for me... I know editing can take years depending on how much work needs to be done. But you know what? It took me ten years to get this far with the book. I want it to just be ten years. By the time I turn 26, I want to know I have reached the next stage of my novel.
But, in the mean time? Time to celebrate!
First a victory dance:
A round of applause:
A song (of course):
Despite the work I know I have ahead of me, I am so proud to have this novel's first draft completed!
How are you doing with your writing goals?