Well, I haven’t posted in a while, because I was either able to say, another 10K more, or another 3 weeks I messed up because of this or that distraction! But over the months, I’ve plodded/plotted along and I can’t believe it but…
I reached the end!
At 99, 341 words, I hit the end!!
This is the first time I have ever finished a novel. I’ve started on several and gotten lost down dark corridors of plot changes gone awry. It was amazing, exhilerating, fun, and hard to believe! I attribute my finishing to learning more about planning a novel and doing almost all of that planning before I started writing. It helped SO much to have a good ending firmly in mind that I was driving towards!!
Of course, the first 38K or so was a headlong nanowrimo dive into insanity, and I could definitely have used to stop at a few points and do planning and character development which I eventually had to do later. Because of this, there are so big revisions to make to the beginning, based on what made for a good end, but maybe that’s just the way the process will work for me personally. We’ll see!
Now the next question is, with nanowrimo looming… Do I do it again with a new work? A second book in the trilogy? Or should I finish my intense revisions while they are fresh in my mind and skip nanowrimo this year? OR am I insane enough to try both?? Seriously could use some advice here.
What do you think? Have you ever struggled to reach the end? What did it feel like to get there?