Monday, June 25, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

#Writemotivation and Did FD Reach The End?

I thought about who I could blame if I didn't get to The End of the first draft (FD) of NEVERLOVE this weekend.  Then that booming voice of accountability reminded me that there would be no other person to blame but myself.  Only I can make the decision to go out and have a great time, which I did lol!!!  And so, in turn, I made the decision to stay up later than normal and just do it, or hurt something trying :-)

So...
1: Complete first draft of NEVERLOVE by mid June. FD is DONE!  Woot!  A week longer than planned but done and at 47k word count, a little longer than expected, too.
2: Begin revisions of MINGLED. A week late on this, but moving with baby steps right now.
3: Post 3 blogs a week, at least 3 to 4 during the month for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge. Published 3 2012 DAC posts and enjoyed the feedback on each.  Been steady with 3 posts a week.
4: Read 3 books. Two down and working on the third.
5: Comment to other blogs, at least 20 to 25 a week.
 Almost didn't make this one.  Got caught up in a few other things but finally did make it happen.
* in addition, I've been critiquing a couple other stories and enjoying the additional challenge.  Also helps me see things in my own MS

What would finishing the first draft be called in the process of Birthing a Novel?  I'm not sure, but it's a euphoric moment.  It was short-lived since I typed the last word and was too sleepy to really dive into the good feelings of the moment lol!!!  At 47k word count, it is a bit longer than I anticipated.  Depending on how revisions go, it may break the 50k mark to fit the novel category.

38 comments:

Nick Wilford said...

Congrats! Finishing anything (at whatever stage) is a brilliant achievement. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on finishing! I get excited when I finish the first draft because that's the most difficult part of the process for me.

Eliza Tilton said...

Grats! Now comes the fun part. Edits!

Emily R. King said...

Finishing a first draft feels so wonderful. Savor the triumph!

Raelyn Barclay said...

Woot!! Congrats Angela! I have a ton of emails to get out today and yours is one :) Can't wait to see how your wrapped Neverlove up!

Best of luck with the revisions (I'll get those PDFs we talked about off to you as well). Kudos for moving on to the next project while Heverlove cures :)

Fabulous update Angela, way to go!!

Marlene Dotterer said...

You are an inspiration to us all. Congratulations, and good luck with your next steps!

1000th.monkey said...

Wow! Congrats! I'm hoping to finish my first draft this week... hope it goes as well as yours did ;)

Barbara Ann Wright said...

Congratulations! I hope you did something to celebrate.

SA Larsenッ said...

Congrats on finishing!! It's always a great feeling. Absorb it while you can.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Nick. I just wish I could have stayed up long enough to do a happy dance but I was soooo sleepy lol!!!

Angela Brown said...

It is very exciting to finish the first draft.

Angela Brown said...

Edits. My foe. Yes, we shall meet very soon.

Angela Brown said...

I relished in it just long enough for MINGLED to look me in the face, crook and finger and call me on over to start its revisions lol!!!

Angela Brown said...

I've got to get the final chapters to you. I'll be honest, I may have been sleep writing lol!!!

Angela Brown said...

Awww...well thank you Marlene. I'm looking forward to the next steps for each of these projects.

Angela Brown said...

I hope it goes better for you. :-)

Angela Brown said...

LOL!!! I wish, Barbara. The closest thing to celebrating that I did was falling asleep the moment my head hit the pillow. I went straight from the computer to bed :-)

Angela Brown said...

I think I'm getting a little bit of delayed excitement and joy since I was too sleepy to enjoy the moment when it happened.

Charlie Holmberg said...

Congrats on finishing! Though isn't Neverlove a YA? 47k is more middle-grade length, right?

Maria Zannini said...

Good for you! I love finishing the first draft because the real fun begins is in the edits.

I think you did darn well time-wise. Congrats!

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Oh, congratulations on finishing your first draft! It's been awhile since I've done that... I miss the feeling! :)

Emily R. King said...

No rest for the wired writer! :)

LD Masterson said...

Way to go, Angela. Great job on the goals for far this month. Keep going.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Charlie. I was first looking at making this a novella-length story but then I kept typing and typing :-)

Angela Brown said...

This was a challenge. But it was wonderful sticking to making this happen as close to goal as possible.

Angela Brown said...

I can say that when you do it again, it's going to be so great.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks so much LD :-)

Aubrie said...

Congrats on finishing your first draft! Commenting on blogs is in my set of goals, and I don't always get around to it, either.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Aubrie :-)

Angelina Rain said...

Congrats! I'm so proud of you.

Angela Brown said...

Awwww, Thanks, Angelina.

Shelley Munro said...

Congrats on finishing your first draft. Celebrate!

Misha Gericke said...

Well done! It's a wonderful feeling! :-D

ali cross said...

Congratulations Angela! That's major!

Heather said...

Congrats on finishing your first draft! Whoo hoo! That's always the hard part for me and it's such a relief when it's done. Down hill from here. ;)

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you're getting things done. Congrats on all your amazing progress!

Gwen Gardner said...

Congrats on your FD of Neverlove. It does sound like you have a novel there, instead of a novella. Lots of places to go with it, though - write more words to have a novel, write more words to have 2 novelas! But first, the dratted edits!

MAJK said...

Getting that First Draft done has to feel great! I love that you called yourself on the whole accountability thing. Hope you didn't hurt anything in the process though!

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