I finished the 1st draft of the freelance novel late last night, emailed it in to the editors, and then opened the file to find a mistake on page 1: I’d noted (X words) on the front in big block letters to announce the word count, and forgot to fill in the X. Oh well.

Between you and me, I am only about one thousand words over this time. That’s a miracle. I’m usually 10 to 5 thousand words over. One thousand can be fixed in the revision with simple line edits.

So very tired right now. The 1st draft isn’t as good as I could have made it, I believe, had I had more time. I should get that motto stamped to my forehead.


5 thoughts on “Finished

  1. bloglily October 2, 2006 / 6:50 pm

    Wonderful! You are amazing. I hope you enjoy a well-deserved break!

  2. yojo October 2, 2006 / 10:19 pm

    Hey- play it off as audience participation. You’re not interested in how many words you think it is- you’re interested in how many words they think it is…erm- I got nothin.

  3. courtney s October 3, 2006 / 1:53 am

    That’s excellent. Relax when you can!!

  4. Michele October 3, 2006 / 6:11 pm


    Life is all about appreciating the fact that most mistakes are small ones.

    Good job.

  5. myrootsgrowdeep October 5, 2006 / 11:38 pm

    Give yourself a big pat on the back!

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