I did it! I have to be totally honest, folks, I had no illusions at all. November has been a pretty busy month and I knew it would be going in. And this story has been more challenging to write, too, which wasn't the intention, but I'm glad I went with it. I'm glad I stuck with it, and I have fishy to thank for that -- when I said, quite seriously that I was thinking about quitting, he came up big with the "quitting is not an option!" bit. And I also have to thank my brother for giving me encouragement and helping me see that the story, as is, is not as terrible as I thought it was. In fact, it might even be salvageable. I didn't even have to pay him to say it.
Much thanks must also go to those who stuck it out with me via email and Twitter, especially @kashicat and @Melwyk who cheered me on and encouraged me, and Mandy who was really patient with my slacking on our secret project, all of which made me feel like I was absolutely not alone throughout the month. It meant a lot :)
And now: a glass of delicious wine, and ... yes, more writing. 50 000 is finished, but the story itself is definitely not. I've got some momentum, so why quit now?
Congratulations!! And you amaze me! I am very excited for you. So what's up next? Editing and auctioning your novel off for a ton of $$ only to spend it on books? For "research"?
I actually am very "proud" of you or proud to know someone who could push themselves to finish a project of this length. This was hard hard work! Enjoy that wine!
Thanks so much Mandy! Next I think I will finish it... and then maybe let it sleep for a while before going back and tearing it to itty bitty shreds. I'm not much of an editor, but when this one is done I have three "finished" first drafts under my belt, each (I hope) progressively better. So it's time to actually seriously try to edit one of them. I just have to figure out how to do it in a way that works for me. :)
And I think the first thing I will purchase with my million-dollar advance are new bookshelves to hold the books I have, and then one or two more so I can start to fill them!
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