Just finished Book 2 (in first draft, but STILL…) 1455 words today, 93,419 total

Today’s words went well. I love the ending I got.

I already know the revision on this one is going to be big — but everything in it now can wait until all five books are done in first draft.

Starting tomorrow, I’m going to begin outlining the third book, using the process I’ve used for the first two — something that, once I’ve done five books with it, I’ll be adding in as an advanced level for How to Write a Novel. (Gotta figure out what the bugs are before I suggest anyone else try this…)

Today, though?

Today I got the right ending.

I saved the cat.

I made myself laugh.

And my little Ohio town just got a bit weirder.

THAT? That is an awesome writing day.


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4 comments… add one
  • Mike Lucas Feb 26, 2021 @ 18:49

    Congrats on finishing! I’m really glad you got what feels like a right ending. Even if there is a lot of revision to do, that guidepost (the ending) is so useful!

    I know it’s a long wait but I can hardly wait to read this series!

  • Katharina Kolata Feb 24, 2021 @ 17:41

    Congrats. I’m so proud of you for getting the job done and I wish you the greatest success with this series.

    • Holly Feb 25, 2021 @ 10:39

      Thanks, Cat. Doing synopses for all five books today, knowing that I’ll end up fighting against them rather than following them strictly — but also knowing that if I don’t have something to fight against, the stories will meander.

  • Karen Lynn Feb 24, 2021 @ 12:57

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to reading it.

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