Well, I suppose that the time has come.
The story has told me it’s finished, no matter how badly I wanted to make it to 75,000 words. Oh well, I can’t force something that doesn’t want to be forced.
The final call for the first draft is in at 73,206 words and nineteen chapters.
I finally completed the project that I started on November 1st, a creation that I began plotting during October and writing as National Novel Writing Month began. December was rough for me. I had planned on finishing the story then, but it didn’t work out so well. It seems the story was waiting for January, and I readily gave it the love and attention that it needed.
During the second draft the counts will change. I know already there are a few parts in the early sections that I want to expand on. With that, there could be chapters added or even removed, or I could simply renumber them. Anything could happen.
I’m excited to get started on that, but for now it will rest. I will get to edit it in a few weeks, maybe even a month or two. In that time I’m going to focus on doing the second draft for Flash Back and continue plotting Silas’s story.
I am happy with where the ending rests, and it felt right. I like that feeling. When I got to that last line on that last page, it just felt right to leave it there. When the cursor blinked at me, and my count yelled that I was still 1,800 words short, I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t know what to do. It feels complete now, and I’m happy with that.
So as tonight winds down, I’m happy to get some rest and know that starting tomorrow I can start the read through of Flash Back with a smile and the knowledge that Stranded Moon will be waiting for me when I’m ready to get back to it.