anghara: (book and glasses)
- mainly because I don't have ONE of the chapters with me in its final form and I think the wordcount is different from the version that I've got here with me - but I wrote the epilogue last night, and I snatched an hour out of my convention weekend to finish up the Author's Note which needs to go along with the whole package. As I say, I'll post the stamped and sealed official wordcount from home, but let's just leave it at this for now.

The Author's Note is about 1000 words long (damn, I can't even write short Author's Notes...)

NOT counting that, to the best of my current ability to swear to it, the wordcount of the novel itself stands at... 199 500.

I'm about two pages shy of 200K. I think I'm proud of myself [grin]

Ladies and gentlemen of the writing group, from the point at which you left our two protagonists - who had, remember, Just Met - you're in for one helluva rollecoaster ride from there. And I do so look forward to sharing it with you.

But the first draft of the finished novel, as it currently stands... leaves for New York on Sunday night. It will be on my agent's desk on Monday. After that... que sera sera.

I feel quite, quite, quite giddy.
anghara: (book and glasses)
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
196,288 / 200,000
(98.1%)


I have the Epilogue to do. The way I envisage it, it's going to be considerably shorter than an average chapter, and it'll bring it all to a conclusion - maybe 3000 words or so, not much more than that.

And I'm done.

And I'm about to head off for a convention where my head is going to be in quite a different place. But I'm taking my laptop with me and maybe by the time I get home... it will be complete.

And this thing... packs a punch.

Well.

Off to gather up my chattels now, and go to the next con. Onwards and upwards. Another story... is told.
anghara: (book and glasses)
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
171,858 / 200,000
(85.9%)


I am, I think, about 4 chapters from the end now (shut UP, [livejournal.com profile] debtaber, I can hear what you are thinking).

The trouble is they are all exceedingly complex chapters. I am capable, in full flight, of doing a chapter a day - 5000 words worth a day - but these babies, they will need some coddling. And I have a conference this weekend, and a convention the weekend after.

Hmm. It might take me closer to two weeks.

But I can see the end from here. Almost done. AAAAAALMOST done.

EDIT

Make that

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
177,294 / 200,000
(88.6%)


Chapter 29 down.

Chapter 30 coming up. One of the most important chapters in the book. This one is going to need a little bit of time and TLC to achieve its full potential.

But I managed another full chapter today.

I am pleased.
anghara: (book and glasses)
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
160,640 / 200,000
(80.3%)


Yes, I know. I upped the final number of words. I am working on what I KNOW still has to happen in this book and the minimum number of words I figure I will need to cover that material. I'll try very hard to come in UNDER that 200 000 ceiling, but no promises, no promises at all...

This also means that I have finished with Part II of the book, and the very next chapter begins the third and final part of the novel. I am - oh - maybe eight or nine chapters away from the end, here (but do remember, my chapters average 5000-6000 words...) I am close, so close. I can SMELL the end from here.

And I think there are moments of real raw power in here.

(Well, REALLY raw, in a lot of ways. Once I'm done with the whole thing I'll have to print out the whole entire current version and file off the rough edges - and I am now on page 531 of the manuscript, so it's going to be a ream of paper, here, or at least half a ream given that I'm printing out double sided for the editing purposes, no point in wasting more paper than I need to.)

But I'm aaaaaaaalmost there. Just one more major corner to turn. (Of course this is the most intensely "political" and complex part of the book. It's one more major corner, to be sure, but heaven alone knows how much the road leading to that corner is going to twist and turn before I get there...

Update -

Aug. 25th, 2008 09:31 pm
anghara: (book and glasses)
- make that FOUR chapters of Part the Second, just finished tweaking another chapter, I wrote and polished up a WHOLE CHAPTER today, damn near 5500 words. And it's a pretty pivotal chapter, and it works.

Am pleased.

Can sleep well tonight. Did a good day's worth of work.

(Oh, and apropos of nothing my pair of kittehs just double-teamed, cornered, and *ate* a very large spider which had found its way into my study. Good cats. Treats and rewards upstairs in a moment, both of you.)

And...

Jul. 13th, 2007 10:37 pm
anghara: (worldweavers)
...done.

It needs a few tweaks in the last 2500 words or so. Then I'll print out the whole thing, read it in sequence and in context, figure out continuity error (if any) and do a second editing pass for infelicities, boo-boos, and any more "moments" which might have proliferated while I wasn't looking. But other than that... done, done, done, weighing in at about 95 000 words, Worldweavers 3 is officially A Book.

Whew.

Now going up to collapse in a heap.
anghara: (Default)
So, here we are tonight:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
99,816 / 106,000
(94.2%)


I will be starting on Chapter the Last tomorrow, and with a little bit of luck and elbow grease I should be able to get this baby into revision by the weekend. And then it's off to the agent, and then off to the editor, and I can deal with Other Stuff for a while.

Nearly there. Neeeeeearly there. Nearly another book under my belt...
anghara: (Default)
Not quite a whole chapter down, but pretty much two thirds of it done - which makes things look like this:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
84,495 / 107,000
(79.0%)



But I did more than 3000 words today which is respectable.

I'll finish this chapter tomorrow, and I feel perfectly certain that the next one, which follows straight on, will be done by the end of the week. WHich leaves two more chapters for the week after.

Whether that light I see in front of me is the end of the tunnel or just an onrushing train, it's a sight for sore eyes right now...
anghara: (Default)
Well, it's like this:


Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
74,170 / 95,000
(78.1%)


The problem is that I no longer believe in that 95 000 words. If the rest of this novel works out, on average, with chapter lengths like the ones I've been having so far, I'm looking at more like at least between 105 000 and 110 000 somewhere. Let's split the difference and make it 107 000. Which then makes the situation just a littlel different:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
74,170 / 107,000
(69.3%)


Either way. It's either pushing three quarters done, or it's just over three quarters done. And this last chapter wasn't bad, if I say so myself...
anghara: (Default)
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
52,812 / 95,000
(55.6%)


Next week, another chapter. I can do this. And if I DO this, then, maybe, the week after (before I leave for Wiscon) I can at least START the chapter after that...
anghara: (Default)
Chapter 6 done, which brings us to

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
44,245 / 95,000
(46.6%)


I have a horrible feeling that this book is NOT going to stop at 95 000 words. I've got sixteen chapters planned, I've just done #6, I'm two chapters away from the halfway mark, and I'm pushing 47% - if the next two chapters are of anything like the average length I'll wind up with 50% of the chapters (as currently posited) bearing well in excess of half the words. I may have to revise my length estimate. I'll keep it at 95 000 for now, just to make myself feel like I've done more than I have [grin] but if the chapters remain of similar length to what's been happening so far, then, averaging out, I am now aiming for something more along the line of 118 000.

But we shall see.

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