In spite of myself, I managed to put a few more words to paper this week. The itch to begin cleaning up narrative elements grows ever stronger though. I am forever an editor at heart, and the temptation to work on structure, character, and language lingers. But enough of that. Let’s see how writing the first draft of my novel experiment has gone this week!
New Word Count Goal: 5000
Starting Word Count: 42245
Ending Word Count: 47310
Total New Word Count: 5065
Percent Goal Achieved: 101%
Overall, I’m satisfied with what I have written, but I have had to combat competing urges to write dozens of pages a day or none at all. I think this has to do with where I am in the plot. Finishing the first draft is both a near and far thing. It will be done by the end of this month – I can tell – and that proximity brings up all sorts of conflicting emotions.
What do you do when you begin to see the end of the writing tunnel? I’d love to hear how other authors deal with this phase. My method currently involves eating a horrifying number of meals in front of my laptop, and alternatives would be lovely. 😉