I said a couple of weeks ago that I was “sort of” doing NaNo. That I would be trying to finish the final 23 chapters of my book (around 23,000 words). Here’s how it’s going.
I got a good deal of writing in two weekends ago. I now have 17 chapters left to write. It felt good to break the 20-chapter barrier, I’ll tell you!
But I don’t know if I will make it by the end of November. Why?
Because in that same blog post, I had said that if I got my edits back from my publisher, it would derail my WIP’s progress.
And I got my final edits back from my publisher last week! YAY!!
While the edits were relatively minor, I still am not finished. I printed out the manuscript Monday morning and am now giving it a final read-through with my trusty red pen. I am reading it aloud, so where I can do this is limited (my daughter’s dance class was not an option). I have completed reading 30 pages of 190.
This is going to take a while.
And that is why I’m not sure I will finish my WIP by the end of November.
However, I am so excited about these final edits, because that moves us closer to the book being “real.” Once the edits are complete, it can be placed on the publishing schedule. We can start working on the cover. We can finalize the title. We can start getting blurbs. We can talk about marketing strategies.
It’s getting real, folks. The crazy ride that is a debut novel is starting.
Strap in and enjoy the ride!