I finished the first draft of my novel last week. It clocks in at 233 pages and is 76,305 words long. I was aiming for 80,000 – 100,000 words so I came pretty close. When I write, I let the story just come out naturally. It’s like a journey and I can tell when the journey is nearing its end. Sticking to a rigid word count goal would’ve hurt the story. The story has been told and the ending is perfect. I hope.
It felt so great to type “The End.” It was a high that I can’t really explain. It just feels amazing to have spent so long on a piece of work and to see it come to completion.
Of course, this story isn’t done yet. I know that. I need to go back, edit it and revise it. And I will do that, but first I will take a break from it. I always do this with my work. Whenever I finish writing something, I take a little break, and then move on to another project. I can then go back to the story with fresh eyes. This allows me to see problems with it and fix mistakes a whole lot easier.
I’ve worked on it in one way, shape, or form for a year now. I started it last summer with a one-page typed intro. I didn’t really think the idea was good enough at that point and didn’t go any further with it. I thought about it a lot because it was a story that had some potential in it. I just didn’t know where it was going to go.
In January, I came up with a name for the character and wrote out a rough scene where he was talking to his roommate. I had more of a direction with the story at that point but still didn’t know exactly where it was going to go. But I sat down and started typing anyway. And the amazing thing is that the story revealed itself to me one piece at a time. I wrote almost everyday for the past four months. And slowly but surely, it came together.
And now it is done. It feels amazing to have completed it. It is my longest and most ambitious project to date. The only difference now is that prior to me finishing any of my other works, I always had an idea for the next book. Right now, I have nothing. I think I’ll need some time to recharge. Maybe writing is like running a marathon and I just need to take it easy for a while before the next big event. Who knows? All I know is that it feels damn good.