Writing a Novel in 10 Weeks: End Week 7

New (but small) problem: Clearly I have skipped too much of the detail in favor of keeping the story moving along the plot line because at 7 weeks in and only 24,000 words later, I have brought the plot to a close.

I’m not bothered. Really, I’m reeling and growing increasingly pleased with myself. I’ve got a completed plot line in all 55 pages of glory. *cue the happy dance* I can hardly believe it. The longest plot line I’ve completed up until this point as to the tune of 7,000 words. So I’ve got to go back through and spruce up / add / tweak descriptions. That’s no big deal now that I actually have something to work with!

This does mean, of course, I need to reevaluate my write-a-novel-in-10-weeks goal. Since I am still calling it a novel, I’ll need at least 40k words by the time all is said and done. However, the next three weeks may not be adequate to revise the full story.

My new plan:

At 10 weeks (February 23rd) I will still strive to have hit 40k words, but my new goal is also going to expand to the end of March. I’d like to see the semi-finished product stretching closer to 55,000 words.

In the meantime, a leaky bathroom ceiling has inspired a new short story. Perhaps I’ll take a short novel-writing break to knock out a short story plot line. Cheers!

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