Halfway there

Posted on November 6th, 2010

While working on my story today, I checked my word count.  At 50,023 words, I’m now at the point where I’m halfway through my projected word count for my first draft.

Luckily, I’m also halfway through the planned events in my book.

There’s still a lot left to do, but it’s kind of motivating that I’m now closer to the end of the first draft than the beginning.   Every day, I get a little bit closer.

What’s been as much fun lately is that I’ve been meeting more and more with other novelists.  Four of us–Ann Noser, Jennifer Galuska, Christa Worrell, and I–have been working closely for the past few weeks, and all of us plan to work through each other’s novels.  With the feedback they’ve been giving me, I’ve been forming a tighter manuscript that’s getting closer to ready for publication.

Unfortunately, with some of the word count reductions, I’ve made it harder to make forward progress on word counts, but that’s not a bad thing.  My count now is more realistic than when I started.

Anyway, I was so excited that I’ve hit my halfway point that I wanted to share right away.  With any luck, I’ll have completed the novel in another month or so (I’m writing the second half as part of NaNoWriMo).  Even if I don’t get there, I’ll be a lot closer than I was at the start of the month.

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