Yes, that's right. I FINISHED MY NOVEL THIS MORNING.
It ended up at 75,860 words, which is 15,000 less than I originally planned for.
But I like it where it is. Also, while I usually write thick first drafts, this one has a lot of stuff that needs to be added later--description, backstory, details that were perfectly clear in my mind that don't come across for the reader. Most of the reason for that is because it's largely dialogue; I would say that over 75% is just people talking to each other (hopefully in a non-boring way, of course) so it will almost definitely be thicker once I've done rewrites/revisions/edits.
Assuming I get around to those. I'd actually be pretty happy if this novel never saw the light of day again . . . it's not my most favorite project. It (I still have not come up with the right title) was good practice, though. Plus, it was my second novel of the year, and my second finished novel; I like being able to say that, yes indeed, I have written more than one book.
Anyway. Now I have to really start worrying about NaNoWriMo. I don't have a plot outline, I don't have clearly-defined characters, I don't have all the details of the world set straight. And it's only 11 days away.
Therefore, I'm paying extra attention to posts about outlining and such . . . I never had much trouble with it before, but THIS particular idea is going to challenge me plot-wise.
Time to get crackin'.
Got any plotting advice? How do you plan your stories?
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-----The Golden Eagle