Sunday, November 7, 2010


TALES OF MORCAH is finished!  Well, the first draft anyway.  I can't believe I was able to finish a book in a week.  Phew!  All my other first drafts have taken years to finish.  ELEMENTAL took two.

But I have a problem.  The first draft finished at 47,290 words.  I know with revisions, I'll add about another 20,000 (yes, I write light the first time around), but NaNo is all about the 50,000 words.  How sucky would it be to have a first draft completed and still not win at NaNo?

I'm going to take a week off to fulfill my other writerly obligations, then reread MORCAH and start with revisions.  Wish me all luck!

Oh!  I'll be doing a post on my method tomorrow.  It's something I've never done before, so I hope it might work for some of you who edit while writing like I've always done.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everyone!


  1. Yay, congrats on finishing! And good luck with your rewrite, I hope it goes well!

  2. Woohoo! Congratulations on finishing your first draft, and good luck with revisions!

  3. Massive congratulations, Emily! Well done! It's so amazing that you managed to write so much in a week. Seriously, massive kudos to you!

    You've got plenty of time to play around with the revisions and bump it up to 50,000 words so I'm sure you'll win Nano.

    I'm just amazed. You're incredible. Again, well done!


  4. Thanks, guys! I've got to admit I'm riding this awesome high right now. Of course, I'm kind of antsy because my body's wondering why I'm not working on writing a book right now.

    Jai--I certainly HOPE I'll be able to bump it up to 50,000 by the end of the month. I would be sad if I couldn't. :(

  5. Congratulations on finishing your first draft! And in just a week! :D

  6. Wow! Congrats! I've totally been using you as motivation to catch up!


  7. Fantastic! Good luck with NaNoRevMo! ;) I can't believe you could write that much in a week! Love the title, btw. :)

  8. Geez louise! That is incredible. morcah must be awesome to have so many tales! Or so much detail about one tale?
    Relax and enjoy the rest of November! Or maybe you can come and help me. :)

  9. Waaaay past unBE-lievable, for you to have written that much in a week!
    Congratz. Sure, heck, another 3000 words is NOT all that much. You can do it. A total of what, 10 pages? All you need is a paragraph here, a 2-page scene there...good luck!

  10. Wow; in a week. How totally excellent. You are my hero(ine) Emily.


  11. Thanks again, everyone! Yeah, wow definitely covers it. I still can't believe I pulled it off!

  12. Hi,

    Wow and congats!

    Lost sight of you on the blog horizon for awhile and just picked up on your sails, so following again. ;)


  13. jiminey christmas emily!!!!!


  14. At the rate you were going, it looked like you were aiming for 150,000 words :-) Congrats, Emily.

  15. I'm still boggled by how many words you've written. I finally made it to 14k today. But even though I feel like a snail beside you, I know I'm flying compared to my usual pace. So kudos for us both.


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