I really thought I’d be jumping for joy, shouting and laughing and bouncing off the walls when this day finally rolled around. Yes, I finished the first draft of my manuscript. Just a little bit ago as a matter of fact. Thanks to ROW80, I felt challenged to write the 32 scenes I wound up writing to finish the story, adding 8,965 words this week. Yes, some of the scenes are just bare bones.
Probably more than that, actually, because I’d typed in paragraphs where I wanted the scenes, and what I wanted in them, a couple of months ago. And I deleted all of those as I completed each scene. So technically I added over 10,000 words. But given that I’d only committed to 2,500 in five days, I’m very happy with the numbers.
Not as happy as I thought I’d be though. After adding the last scene, I skimmed through the ones that come after, through to the end of the book, and when I got to one specific part, a new vision played in my mind and I had to change it.
And as it unfolded in a new and unexpected way, it was so much more touching than it had been to begin with, that it made me cry. I don’t think I’ll touch it when I start editing this week.
Anyway, now I’m finished with the first draft and I have to figure out how to set those editing goals. Word count doesn’t seem like a good fit. And depending on how much work I think each chapter needs, one a day might be too ambitious.
I guess my new goal is going to be this-
This week I’m just going to read the book and take notes. No later than January 16th, I’ll start the editing. Figuring seventeen days left in the month, and 102 scenes (if my count is right), I’ll aim for six a day the second time through. And hope that all I’ll have to do is to polish it up in February.
Thanks to everyone for the encouragement. It’s been a crazy week and I plan on offering some encouragement of my own this week. 🙂
And now because I’m still feeling a little ambivalent, I’m going to share with you one of my guilty pleasures. My daughter introduced me to these YouTube videos about three years ago. A couple of young kids lip syncing to a couple of songs I really like. The first is one of their earliest endeavors and I just love the way they have trouble not cracking up. The second shows their growth as amateur film makers.
***Looking at all the great goals everyone else has, I feel like the underachiever of the family. So I’m adding two new goals to my editing goals.
1. Get to pool at least 3 days a week.
2. Write a more detailed outline, and more extensive profiles for my MC’s, on my other WIP. Depending how early I complete it during this round of ROW80, I’ll adjust my goals accordingly. If it’s toward the end, I’ll make finishing it my main goal for my second round.