Apologies in advance for any typos in this post - I've just drunk the best part of a bottle of champagne so am typing this post very carefully... ;)
This weekend I resolved to finish novel 2. My self-imposed 6 month deadline to reach the end of the first draft whooshed past several weeks ago and I promised myself I'd get it done within 7 months - and not one day over.
Tomorrow, July 6th 2009, is exactly seven month since I wrote the first word of novel 2 and I'm done - I've finished the first draft!!
On Friday, fellow Novel Racer Helen posted on Facebook that she was intending on completing the first draft on her novel by the end of today and, just like 2007 when I raced L-Plate author to finish book 1, there was a real feeling of camaraderie as we updated our statuses over the course of the weekend to reflect how many words we'd written and how many we still had left to write.
Helen finished first (at about 6pm today) but I was determined to reach 'The End' in time to enjoy the bottle of chilled champagne I'd bought from M&S earlier today. I wrote on my sofa with the TV burbling along in the background then moved to my balcony and continued to type in silence, the sun making me squint until it finally set and I shivered, too determined to finish my final scene to go in and get a jumper.
And finish I did. At about 9.25pm. Total words written today: 5,612! Total number of words in 1st draft of novel 2: 97,134 (so much for thinking it would be 90k!)
I'm not ashamed to admit that I jumped up and down in my hallway a fair bit and may even have punched the air!
There's a fair (okay a LOT) of editing to do for this novel but I'll worry about that another today. Tonight it's all about "Yeahhhhhh I DID IT!!!", and another glass of champagne *clink*