It feels odd to write another ‘finished’ post already, but yes: I finished the first draft of A House of Mirrors last Friday (December 11).
If you’re imagining me writing ‘The End’ with a flourish of my quill pen/Mont Blanc/posh rollerball, well, it wasn’t quite like that. I didn’t know whether the last day of writing would be the last, as one of my kids was home from school with a bug; and while he was on the road to getting better, I was feeling distinctly under the weather. So he was downstairs with a film, while I was upstairs with the laptop (and making regular ‘do you need anything?’ trips down).
I’ve just reopened the document I wrote the last scenes in, to remind myself (it already seems like a long time since I wrote it!). There are four scenes, but the last two are out of order; I wrote the last scene and then went back to write another in order to tie up yet another loose end. So I finished it before I finished it, if you see what I mean. Not with a bang…but with a ‘Oh. That’s it, then.’ Of course I was pleased; as far as you can be with a delicate stomach and a headache!
Here are the stats:
- Final word count: 81,166
- Calendar days: 41
- Designated writing days: 30 (by this I mean days where I had set myself a specific word count to reach: 2500 in November, 1400 in December)
- Days on which I wrote no words: 1 (the last Saturday)
- Average words per calendar day: 1,980
- Average words per writing day: 2,705
- Plays of Buena Vista Social Club soundtrack: far too many (at least one a day)
- Cups of tea: probably around 200
- Viscount biscuits: 1 pack (I think this is very restrained)
- Time spent chasing research bunnies which never made it into the draft: too much (it was lots of fun though!)
And this is what I tweeted at the end:
Finished the first draft of my #NaNoWriMo book. 81,000 words. Eyes on stalks. Fighting lurgy. Unable to form sentences. Tired but happy.
— Liz Hedgecock (@lizhedgecock) December 11, 2015
Apart from a couple of flash fictions, I haven’t written anything new. The plan is to set this draft aside for a few weeks and let it sit while I get on with other things; namely, editing the short-story collection which has been left to sit while I did NaNoWriMo, and researching and outlining for the next writing project; two lower-middle-grade books. I’m going to try and do both books back-to-back in January, and surprise surprise, the target is 50,000 words… Wish me luck!