Not Done

83,438 words. Still not done.

Close to, but not quite, 5,000 words more than last week. Well shy of the 90,000 words I wanted to have done by the end of this month.

If I manage to crank out 3,000 words today, and do a marathon session of 4,000 words tomorrow, I might just make 90K. I’ll have finally caught up with the flu week, but only if I steal 4 hours or so away from chores and errands.

And even then, I probably won’t be done.

I’m into the latter third of the book, but only a few hours into the final day. There’s so much left to have happen, so many events that also need description and character insight and reactions and justifications and dialogue, that…I think I might not be done till I reach 100,000 words, or more.

On the one hand: hooray for the little story that could, the story I thought would be over so fast I’d have to write three of them to hit the 50K word mark for NaNoWriMo.

On the other: ye gods, I can’t wait for this thing to be done.

4 thoughts on “Not Done

  1. Isn’t it funny how sometimes stories seem like they’ll be really short and then they evolve into behemoths? Congrats on your progress since NaNoWriMo and good luck finishing!


  2. Thanks!

    It *is* strange; it hasn’t happened to me often, and this is the first time with such a long resulting work.


  3. Thanks, Mark!

    Not sure if I can keep up this pace; I feel like I went from the dead sprint of NaNoWriMo to a fast jog through Dec, Jan and now into Feb.

    Gotta admit, though, that your own accomplishment last year (what was it, 300,000 words?) is a real motivator for me 🙂


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