Look at that shiny, glorious number! Can’t you just see the heavenly light rays bursting between its digits? And nope, there’s nothing wrong with your Spotify – that IS a chorus of angels singing “Hallelujah” through this picture. (I hired them to do that and they’d like a tip, so…)
My WIP hit that milestone a few days ago. The book was actually supposed to end at 90k, but – oops – I underestimated in my projections, and there’s still a chunk of story left. But I’m in the ending section! Woo!
I’m glad, actually, that I didn’t foresee the story being 100-plus, because I think that would have demoralized me back when I was making these calculations. At 60k I figured I was at the two-thirds mark, and it revved me up to think I only had another 30k to go. It inspired me to really hit the gas on my writing and blaze through. But if I’d been at 60k and thought I needed that whole number all over again, I think my engine would have sputtered out, and – okay that’s enough car metaphors for one post, I don’t even like cars.
The story would have been finished long before now if I hadn’t hit a block a few months ago. This year so far has been a wheezy, whimpery one in terms of writing. I hit a plothole and didn’t know how to proceed, so I took a couple months off to let my brain stew. When I finally figured things out, my output was still only trickly because the plot had gotten complicated – I kept having to stop and figure out what went where. Oy vey.
But now I’m determined! It’s time this thing be done. So I decided: By JULY FIRST my second novel will be complete! I will write every single weekday to make sure this happens. I WILL RISE VICTORIOUS OVER MY MANUSCRIPT!
Now if you’ll excuse me, time to go write!