I am so pleased to announce that I have finished the first draft of the second book in the Mondragon Chronicles.
This is a big deal. Let me tell you about it.
Until 2008, I had never written (to completion) anything longer than a short story. In 2008, I won my first NaNoWriMo with a 50,000 word chick lit. Then I had kids and nothing happened until NaNoWriMo in 2013 when I wrote a YA dystopian that I hope to some day get back to. Then during NaNoWriMo 2015 I wrote the first draft of The Runaway Queen.
Do you see a pattern here?
I was honestly not sure if I could finish a novel without NaNoWriMo.
It was hard. It took almost three months, lots of late nights, lots of staring into space, lots of wanting to give up. I didn’t write every single day. I didn’t always like everything that I wrote. But I pushed through, made myself keep going, made myself focus even when I didn’t want to. And Sunday, when I realized where I was, I said outloud, to an empty house, “This is the end.” I couldn’t believe I had gotten there. Here are my word count calendars so you can see that some days were zero word days, some days were 500 words, and some days were several thousand.
Not only is this my longest time I’ve taken to draft, but it’s the longest (and best) first draft I’ve ever done. That’s not to say it’s perfect. It needs a lot of work and I recognize that. I’m going to take a few days off and then dive into edits for book 1, then revisit book 2 for a second draft later this summer.
Do you use a word count calendar? Tell me about the status of your draft in the comments!