I am, as of this very moment, 52,014 words into my novel, Heavenly Lights. It is a good feeling to get this far, because I have never gotten this far into one story. All the other times, I got bored of the story or procrastinated all the whole darn time.
Not with this one.
I am back in Michigan until the beginning of March, and I have, among other things, the goal of finishing or come very close to finishing the first draft of my novel. That goal is a huge one, but I think I can do it. To reach the finish line, I need to write about 1,100 words each day for the time that I am here. That means that I need to find or make time to sit down and write for an extended period. Whether it be in the morning or late at night, I will write as much as I can in a full-on sprint.
After that, it is on to the second draft. This one is going to be an undertaking even bigger than the initial draft. I have so many things that I want to– and need to change– such as character genders and point of views. Not to mention new backstories or the new subplot I devised one night sitting on the floor of my apartment in Texas. It’s going to be a long process, but I cannot wait to see the end product. Wish me luck, though, because I am going to need it!
Are you nearing the end of one of your stories? Are you excited to finally be done? What biggest challenges face you when writing the second draft?