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I? Just finished a novel.

It’s a very rough first draft, and the middle kind of sucks, and it’s 10,000 words too short.

But I have a complete draft, with a beginning, middle, and end, and it tells a proper story.

Writing a novel is one of those things that you don’t know if you can do until you’ve done it. I knew I could write short stories, but wasn’t entirely sure whether I could write an entire book-length work of fiction. My next major writerly hurdle was to do so. My most successful previous attempt made it to about 70,000 words before getting entirely bogged down, so I honestly wasn’t sure I could finish a novel draft. I can.

I’m going to put it away for a month or so and write the short stories that have been piling up in my head, then come back and do a nearly-complete rewrite with fresher eyes. Now that I know what happens, I can fix up the middle and make it work.

Right now though, there is good scotch, and a lapcat, and a celebratory reading of Gorey’s “The Unstrung Harp”.

I’ve gotten a lot of encouragement from people online, including some I’d never expected to have a word or two for a new writer. Thanks, everyone. It really did help. Novels are hard. Writing is hard. I have no idea why anyone would voluntarily do this kind of thing, except that sometimes it’s awesome, and making stuff up is great fun, and finishing is fabulous.


  1. Vince says:

    Again, congratulations!

  2. Sylvia says:

    HURRAY! Well done! Finishing is fabulous indeed!

  3. Jeri says:

    Major congrats to you! It’s a great feeling, that ‘done’ feeling… and then you have to go back to the grind. 😛

  4. Laura says:


  5. Oh fantastic! I will be waiting anxiously to read it!