Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Well, I typed the final page of my work-in-progress tonight: Alma the Elder.
It came in at 91,000 words--about 350 pages. I tried to make it shorter, but it kept going, and going.
So now my task is to go through the edits that my critique group has given me on the first 100 or so pages, then take a couple of days off from anything Alma-ish. Then I'll do a full read on the computer and fill in holes that I left. After that, I'll print it off and read it on hard copy--then onto the readers. I'll do edits with the reader feedback (I think I need a bullet list here). I'm hoping to submit this book before Thanksgiving.
The celebration doesn't come yet . . . for me that comes when I submit the thing--then it's really a load off. And of course when it's accepted by the publisher (crossing fingers).
But I am excited (although if you are a writer, you know that the work is JUST beginning) to have the first draft done.