Sunday, January 3, 2010


I've reached my goal of 80,000 words. I figure I have another 10,000. I hope not. I'm into virgin territory now. Most of what has to be written hasn't been. I never finished the story before I started the second draft. I have a much clearer view of how the end now than I did then. I really don't want to go over 90,000 words, but if it means making a better novel, then so be it.

I'm cooking my first turkey of the year. It smells so good.For Thanksgiving, we went to my son's house. We were snowed in for Christmas, so we felt deprived. My stomach is awake and biting. Turkey sandwich, here I come. Yum.

Today is the last of the holidays till spring break. Boo hoo. Tomorrow is just another work day. Early to bed, early to rise. I hope you all transition back to the norm in a seamless fashion.
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  1. Whoo hoo. Doesn't it feel good? congrats - keep at it.

  2. Wow, that is so great. I am sorry to hear about your Christmas. But looking forward to reading more and new this 2010

  3. Congratulations on reaching your goal!

    If your story needs another 10,000 words, I'd say go for it. Later you can go back and read what you've written and edit out scenes that don't move the plot forward, and tighten up your prose.

  4. Bravo!

    It's such a good feeling to have reached a milestone such as that.

    May the finish line be forthcoming without too many headaches!

  5. That's great. Congratulations. I hope you reach your goal and go over your word count if it means the novel is better.


  6. Congratulations on reaching your goal of 80,000 words. That's awesome!

    Your first turkey, huh? And, I am SO burnedout on holiday meals I just want pizza and tater tots.

  7. Don't lock yourself in to hard and fast numbers. 80,000 or 90,000 or 91,034... it's all good! The book will finish at whatever length it needs to be. Then you can smile and relax and say "I did it!"

    Congrats on getting to 80,000 - that in itself is a great accomplishment. Keep at it and good luck!

    Cheers, Jill

  8. I wouldn't worry if it goes a little longer than planned. Better to have a good story than a rushed ending. Good luck!

  9. so much of my writing becomes lost in space. I guess I didn't love it enough. Stay inspired!