So, I have probably 5000 words left of my novel to go.
Last time I hit this stage, the end wrote itself in a blur of creativity that kept me up into the small hours of the morning. But that was when I was at University and had the time to sit at my computer for hours each day to work through the blocks and the hurdles and keep the flow of the story going. It’s not so easy now. Not that it was ever easy in the first place…
After the 80k in 80 days challenge, which I failed, but did manage to get about 50,000 words written, I spent my holidays from work trying to get the last 30k done. After the push to write so much so quickly, I suffered from a bit of story exhaustion, and left it a long time before writing any considerable amount of words. Then I went to Birmingham with Carole Finds Her Wings and we met up with a writer friend from Uni. Writing chat and reminiscing about University left me feeling all inspired, and for the first time in what felt like ages I was writing loads again.
Then I was back at work and the energy was sapped out of me again. With 5000 words to go.
So I’m making a pledge – to write 100 words a day. Because that is just a very small amount, but if I do it every day, the story will be finished before Christmas. And I really want this story to be finished. I really don’t want to fall at the last hurdle.
Well, the last hurdle of the First Draft stage – I am not naive enough to assume there won’t be greater hurdles in this manuscript’s future. But I would like the chance to face and overcome those too!