Oh, yeah. This chick, that's who.
I wrote 20,000 words in 3 days, and yes, I hit my deadline. I wrote "The End" on June 13.
I spent a week doing my tedious "over-used words" edit and pared off 3,000 words, so I'm now at 124,000 words. I started in late January, finished mid-June and in there I had a few weeks where I really couldn't get much writing done. I'll pare off another 1-2 words when I do my real edit later this year. I'll let it sit for at least 3-5 months before I go back and re-read it.
Now I'm picking up all the stuff I postponed while I was writing: promo, figuring out conference plans, considering what to do with a book whose rights were returned to me. I'm also doing a bit of reading. I normally don't read any fiction while I'm writing, so this is my chance to sneak in a few books. I usually read outside my genre, so I'll read a Regency book, maybe a thriller. I've discovered the joy of downloading library books to my tablet and reading them that way. So easy!
And I'm working, tentatively, on a new story. It came to me totally out of the blue, but I think it has potential. Quite unlike anything I've done so it's all very tentative right now. I'll decide in a day or two if it has enough to merit a full-time effort. I usually write a mystery in the July-November timeframe, so it's time for me to pick out my next victim (so to speak).
For the next few days, though, it's kick back and relax a bit and work my way through the To-Do list. It's a luxurious feeling to have so much free time ... but that story is percolating in the back of my mind and I may need to do something about it.
Congrats, JL. You are the deadline queen! Enjoy a little time off.
Oh, those over-used words. I know them well. Congrats on finishing. Can you really set it aside for months and then go back for a final look see? I can barely wait a week. Bravo for your patience.
Congrats on hitting your goal, JL. 20k words in 3 days? Wow. Your fingers must be numb. I've always heard it's a good idea to let the story sit for a while before sending it off. I can't imagine doing that. I'm always so anxious to get it out there. You have a lot of patience. Best wishes. Have fun this summer.
That ahhhh feeling. Enjoy!
Few better feelings in the world than arriving at 'the end' of a book. Congratulatuins on reaching yours. Love how you immediately mention the next one. Enjoy!
Congrats JL--well done. I once edited a book where 'fluffy' was used something like seven times to describe various things. Funny what turns up in overused words.
Way to go, JL. I think you're hitting the sweet spot with your word count. Check out Mark Coker's 2017 analysis: http://blog.smashwords.com/2017/06/smashwords-survey-2017.html
Congratulations, JL! That's a major hurdle. Hope you've enjoyed a few days of kicking back and relaxing!
Yay you!!! That is an incredible amount of words in 3 days. Woohoo!
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