Novel Writing 13: The Home Stretch.
Sometimes it feels like I’ve been running for a long time.
It was almost a year to the day that I started writing my first novel. Since then, I’ve written over 210,000 words.
Scarily, that means I’m now in the home stretch.
Bringing everything together at the end of this trilogy has been about as challenging as I figured it would be. There are multiple strands to tie together in order to bring a sense of completion to this tale, which started out small, but has ended up epic in a wonderful way.
At this point in the writing process, I’m finding my pre-work to be invaluable. I’m often looking back to my synopsis, maps, and details that I’ve written about specific relationships and histories in order to keep the story on the right track. I’ve even mocked up a zoomed-in map of Traville, the Empire’s capital, in order to keep a track of what’s happening where – and it’s proving extremely useful!
I’m hoping to finish the first draft of the final book this week – it’s sitting around the 65,000 word mark, with plenty still to go down before the glorious conclusion! So it’s back to writing for me, right after I finish the AMA I’m doing on Reddit at the moment!