Tonight I finished the zeroth draft of the novel.
At this point, it can be read start to finish. It has a plot, and so far as I know, all of the relevant bits of the plot are in there. There are almost certainly inconsistencies in it, as well as problems of voice, pacing, description, and tone. To find them, I’m going to have to read the whole thing — all almost-fifty-five-thousand words of it — in order for the first time. There’s a lot of work ahead of me to beat this manuscript into a first draft, into something that I’d be willing to show people. Revising fiction, especially fiction of this length, is territory largely unknown to me, so I expect it will be slow going. To quote Churchill, “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
Still, I’d rather wrestle with a page full of words that are not quite right than deal with one devoid of them entirely. I’ve won the first battle. I believe a brief rest is in order. Then, on with the remainder of the campaign.
UpdateFitness: Rest day
Sun, Moon, and Stars: 333 words, 142 seven-day average, 282 average, 54900 total; 157 days written (out of 195 days)