Finally, Finished :-)

Yup. I have typed those magic words “The End” at the end of my epic chick-lit novel.

The final tally is 175,621 words and 550 pages. I realize I will now need to edit, according to some, about 10% out.

But, I finished! I finished! I can’t believe it!

Now to celebrate with a quick trip to the mall and later, a glass of bubbly…

Oh, my God, I can’t believe I’m finished! *dances*

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8 Responses

  1. Yay! Congrats!

  2. Congratulations! That’s quite an accomplishment (more than 3X a NaNoWriMo novel).

  3. Fantastic! Well done you, that is a marvellous achievement. I hope you are celebrating with more than just one glass of bubbly…

  4. dancing

    Way to go Pan!

  5. I am so impressed. Wonderful!

  6. Oh, yes. I celebrated with more than bubbly. I purchased not one, but TWO pairs of shoes! 🙂

  7. Ms Pande,

    Well for me it was a to re-string my mandolin but I 100% understand the feeling. Way to go kid!

    Dr. B

  8. That is fantastic news. And it looks as though my schedule would in fact accommodate editing, if you’re still interested in having me do it. Of course, it would be cheaper if you cut it down first. 🙂 On the other hand, I may be better positioned to see what you can lose without impacting the story.

    Ideally, first time author fiction shouldn’t be longer than *gulp* 120K words, for the simple reason that a publisher is less likely to take a chance on a longer book … more paper, more production cost, more risk. The good news is that almost all fiction is padded in ways that the author isn’t able to see, and can be compressed without losing punch … usually, in fact, length editing results in a tighter, cleaner read.

    I know, having edited a 190K word novel down to 140K words. It hurt a little at first, but it the end result was worth it. Kind of like applying a depilatory. OK, maybe not so much like that.

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