Omg, yes, finally, I made it! I FINISHED!
Unmasked is in the can. The End written. The final count is 120,735 words. Shockingly , that’s right about where I’d last predicted, as I recall. Maybe I’m getting better at that. This is officially my longest novel to date, in any draft, let alone first. And I wasn’t even trying to stretch it out. Maybe I’m just developing more complex stories? I’m glad to be done, but irritated that I’m still trying to drill home a couple of lessons I thought I’d learned.
You see, I figured out part of the slowness and difficulty I was having. I stepped away from my process in a way. I should know better by now. Worse, I was doing it out of impatience. Yeah, I know, it’s rich. I was so impatient to race forward that I slowed myself down. The sound you hear is me slamming my head into the desk. Repeatedly.
I had evidence that it was the problem too and still did that all last work-week. You see, I do a detailed chapter outline of each one as I come to it, before I write it, so that I really know what I’m going to write before I do it. I find that this works wonderfully and leads to good production and me not groping around. I feel more focused when I do that. And what did I do the last two weeks? I stopped doing that detailed chapter outlining because I was impatient to get writing and felt like I could do fine by just jumping in. Right, because that ever worked before. :p And that proof I mentioned? It’s that I did the detailed chapter outline when I had that really good day last Sunday. And then I stopped doing it Monday through Thursday again and my output dropped back down to like 500 words a day. Like I said, proof that I need to follow my process and temper my impatience. Maybe I need to meditate regularly, even if it’s just for a little bit at a time. I need to find some way to become patient. I think I’ll also be adding a note to my wall of lessons learned, “Stick to the process that works, idiot.” Yes, I did earn that one, trust me.
So, now that this one’s done, I have a short story for a project I was invited to participate in that I have to write (outline first of course). Then there’s so much to edit. I suspect I won’t even begin building Book 2 of Masques until late February. March will probably be a writing month for me, but that’s not set in stone. I’ll see how things go and where I am with everything. One thing at a time, right? For now, I think I need to celebrate with something more than this bowl of chocolate ice cream.