100 big ones

I finally reached the 100,000 word mark on Bad Apple Bone. 100,002 to be exact. I knew I was approaching it, so after an evening of dodgy writing I randomly stopped and did a word count (er, not manually, you understand) and BING! It was 100,000 words, dead on! There was much excited jumping about for a bit and clinking of imaginary champagne glasses (sadly). It probably says a lot about my writing process that I could only think of a further 2 words for the rest of the night.
The mind boggles at such a number. I vividly remember reaching the 10,000 word mark, and being all dead impressed with myself because, I think, my dissertation was around that long. My smugness ended when I realised I would have to write around 10 times that to get to the end of my book.
And at the end of my book, I am not. At least, not yet. It still twinkles in the near distance, like a shiny American diner all full of hot breakfasts and exciting milkshakes on the desert road of my writing journey. Or something. Emotionally, I am about one and a half chapters away from the end. Technically, I am one and a half chapters and a few-bits-and-pieces-I-left-out away from finishing, which is a little frustrating but entirely my own fault; part of the fun of writing Bad Apple Bone has been that I’ve been learning how I write as I go along, and one of the things I found out is that I sometimes like to write with no regard for chronological order. Marty will point out that I often read this way, too.
So this is my plan. At the weekend I have a sort-of free Saturday, and if I am good and disciplined, it is possible I could push myself over the finishing line. Write my little socks off.
Bad Apple Bone, finished, after two years. It’s almost as unimaginable as reaching 100,000 words!

5 thoughts on “100 big ones

  1. Utterly totally completely awesome. You’ve done what few people have (hit 100k), and you’re a short step away from finishing what even fewer others have (finish a novel). Ok, that grammar is terrible, I apologise now, but you get the drift.Regarding the “technical” conclusion of the book, I had exactly the same thing with Dark Heart. A month or so ago I lost about 1200 words from a chapter halfway through the book. I ploughed on, wrote the conclusion and finished the story, then found myself having to trawl back through it and re-write the missing chapter. I’d only got halfway through it anyway, so it half a rewrite, half new material.This was a depressing prospect to face, but once I started, it was actually quite an enjoyable experience. That missing section expanded itself to about 3000 words, adding in a whole new angle on a subplot.The thing is, I really think the fact that I’d “finished” the book helped – I knew that I had made it to the end and had written my first novel, so this was just replastering a particularly large crack.So don’t panic too much! It may seem annoying, but it’ll be fine!

  2. That is very reassuring, actually. I have been sort of dreading going back to fill in the gaps, but at least with the ending written I can do it with the confidence that I know how it all turns out. :)And thank you for the congratulations sir!

  3. Awesome! Congratulations! There will be real champagne (or at least sparkling wine) when you actually finish, right?? I’m so *squee* for you!

  4. I may well get something fizzy! 😀 (actually my not so secret plan for a reward/celebration is to go buy something nice from Lush 😉

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