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January ended and with it, the deadline I have set for my WIP. My goal was to hit 70,000 words by January 31 and unfortunately I was 15,000 words short. So what else is new?
I decided to make the most of my recent time off to catch up and while it was hard work–involving a lot of staring rather than writing, it was fun work. I also ended up going back to my outline with a lot of changes and additional scenes.
As I sit with my updated 60,140 word count, I should be happy my goal is so near. After all, the longest novel I’ve written was roughly 53,000 words. Except I now realize I won’t be finished at 70,000, as I still have a long way to go, story-wise.
I have no idea what number I need to hit now before I can say I’m finished with this draft. I know it would be trimmed down in the revisions, which means I should be glad I haven’t run out of plot but at the same time, there’s this sense of disappointment. I started writing the story way back in ’07 or ’08, shelved it before picking it back up sometime last year. As the word count added up, slowly to be sure, I was at least consoled by the fact that the finish line was near, only to now realize that while I came so close, I am in fact still very far. Sigh.
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