The last time I posted a blog about my romance novel was almost six weeks ago. I was at 33,000 words. As of this very second in time (2:02pm on April 20, 2017) I am at 58,932 words (for the title of this post, I rounded to 59,000).
I am SO close to the finish line. My best guess is that this book will be around 65,000 words when all is said and done.
What I have learned since I last wrote:
- The end being in sight is so exciting but also not as motivating as I would have thought. I can’t quite get myself to write, even when I have the time.
- It’s extremely difficult for me to focus on finishing the story instead of going back and starting revisions.
- I am having a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde personality disorder with this book. Sometimes I think it’s going great and sometimes I re-read parts and am truly horrified by my writing.
- I love Julie James and Lauren Layne (this has been previously documented) however, they both had new romance novels come out yesterday and I’ve been busy tearing through them rather than writing. Call it research 😉
My game plan, once I actually finish this book, is to put it aside for two full weeks. I am not going to think about it, touch it, dream about it, or anything. Instead, I will start on a totally new work of fiction.
After two weeks, I am going to follow Allison’s advice and do exactly what she says to do when editing the book.
I’m mentally preparing myself for the fact that when I begin editing this book I may realize it’s not worth publishing. I don’t want to put anything out in the world that I don’t think is every bit as good as my favorite romance authors. Therefore, if this book doesn’t live up to that, I will walk away. Perhaps I’ll try again and perhaps I won’t.
Here’s to the finish line! Next time I post will hopefully be once this first draft is finished. The problem is, once that is done, the real hard work begins.