My goal in November was to write between 25,000-28,000 words, and to finish a draft by December 1, if possible. Kind of a half-NaNoWriMo. 25,000 words in a month is not a lot for some writers, perhaps, but it sure is for me. (Especially in a month that included an election, a bout of the flu, and holiday travel.) I started November 1st with a 27,225-word upper-MG work in progress, and a whole lot of ambition.
How did I do? Drum roll, please.
I wrote 25,459 words in November; 28,996 by the end of December 1; and I finished a draft on that day.
This project needs a lot of work, of course--first drafts always do. Particularly when you realize toward the end that you need to rewrite a sizable chunk of the middle. Also when you uncover a juicy historical detail around the same time--one that will require you to rewrite another sizable chunk. I needed to get a skeleton of the plot down so I could have these realizations, though--and I did it! My next steps? This week, I'll read through what I have so far and take notes of all that I know I need to address in the first revision.
And then I'll put this MS aside and spend a few weeks enjoying the holiday season. (Read: shopping and baking in a steadily increasing state of panic)
Writer friends, after you do your finished first draft! victory dance, what do you do next?