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Vacation (writing hiatus), Day 7

The manuscript is now up to 154,140 words as of Thursday. I cannot help but feel proud. Tempted to do a little more but am undecided as to where to continue. I went over some of the freewritten scenes that I have left and I cannot decide right now which one to start cleaning up. Perhaps I will start another need-to-write scene entirely before officially calling it an evening. Could I possibly reach 200,000 by next Friday, which happens to be my birthday? It's possible. 


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Jul. 10th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
Damn, that's a hell of a long book. How many pages is it so far?
Jul. 10th, 2009 06:30 am (UTC)
Right now the file comes out at 346 single-spaced pages - which isn't bad compared to say, your average Steven King book which runs about twice that. There's still a couple of major hunks of story to put into the manuscript itself - some of it I'm working on in separate Word files, and some of it is a list of scenes that I plan on writing.
Jul. 10th, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
When do you project that it'll be finished?
Jul. 10th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
This first draft I am hoping to finish before summer ends, and I am shooting for finishing it by the end of July. After that, I let the manuscript sit for a week, start looking for agents, and start work on the second draft, which will involve saving a copy the finished first draft file under a slightly different file name (OK, adding the words 'second draft' to the end of the original file name) before making any corrections/changes/etc.
Jul. 10th, 2009 07:31 am (UTC)
Jeez, hope it all works out and you get published. That seems to be a huge amount of time and energy to expend doing something that could possibly turn out useless. Then again, if you enjoyed your time writing it, that is one pleasure you could still derive out of an unpublished manuscript (given that if no agents take you up on your book, which hopefully that won't be the case). :) I'll probably give it a read whenever it hits the shelves.
Jul. 10th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
It should. The only real reason this novel has taken as long as it has taken to work on (close to two years now) is because there were days when I didn't have the energy to write. If I had long periods like this vacation the book would have been through its two drafts already. Looking back, I think it's only since the new year started that I've been trying to kick myself in the ass more, sit down, and just write. The way I have been writing this book - writing the scenes when I got the idea for them, rather than write from the beginning and let the story develop that way - probably didn't help matters either, but for this book, it's worked quite well.
Jul. 10th, 2009 11:47 am (UTC)
It's your birthday? : D HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Jul. 10th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
Actually, it's next week (the 17th), but thank you! :)
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