Project 14: Draft One, Complete

Dec 10, 2011 in ,

Less than five minutes ago, I typed "THE END" in very nice bold, italic letters, which means that the first draft of Project 14 closes at 94,362 words.

It's hard to really describe how I feel right now, but strangely enough, it's not the emotion of elation I usually feel when I finish something that took a long time. Maybe that's because I know it isn't quite finished; I've got quite a lot of work to do on the next draft, but it's there. The story, for the most part, is complete… If you do a lot of reading and have read series, then I'm sure you're familiar with the feeling of wanting to know the very end of it, but also not wanting it to be over. What I'm feeling now is sort of like this, but in a different way, because I want to see the complete end of this book very much more than the latter.

So now, I'm left with the decision of what to do next. I actually have another book forming in the back of my mind - two, actually. But I still want to keep on working on this, since one of my ideas, I plan to seriously do some outlining, and the other will be… tough. Let's just say that. I know one is supposed to put aside a story for a few days, if not weeks, between drafts, to, as I like to say, "marinade," but I really don't want to stop, and it's been about six months since I last read the first couple of pages. So in that sense, it has had enough time to marinade.

Now that I've typed this all up, I think I'm going to go right back into it.