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The End for this edition of #writeabookwithal

THE END #writeabookwithalYou may remember that, back on 1 June, I began a new manuscript and invited you all to join me.

Today, I reached The End of that manuscript, which, as I’ve talked about before, is both the best and the worst feeling in the world.

THE END. Can we all just take a moment to gaze upon those words?

I’ve ended up with a total of 52388 words (remembering that I’m writing middle grade fiction, so I usually publish at around 50-55,000 words) and a fair bit to do in editing. But the first draft is finished and for that I can only be grateful.

If you are still writing, I send my best wishes and all my cheerleading might. YOU CAN DO IT.

I hope to be back with #writeabookwithal in November for my annual tilt at NaNoWriMo. (I wrote the first book in The Mapmaker Chronicles series during NaNoWriMo in 2013, so it holds a special place in my heart.)

In the meantime, back to editing – not this manuscript, which will sit in the proverbial drawer for a little while.

Write, edit, repeat. That’s what they say, right?

If you’re struggling to fit writing into your life, check out my new course for the Australian Writers’ Centre called Make Time To Write.

2 Comments

  • Excellent advice. I wrote a sit-com a while ago, and put it away while I wrote some other work. I spent a few weeks editing the original sit com put it up on a Facebook page and now it’s been picked up by a Melbourne film production company. The leaving it for a while was the best thing I ever did, coming back fresh to it really made a difference to the quality of the end result

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