We’re coming up to less that two weeks left of this round. Where did the time go? I know that January and February flew by for me.

The end is a new beginning into editing...

So I mentioned a few check-in’s ago that I might finish the first draft of my novel by the end of this round of ROW80. Well I am just shy of my weekly word goal (of 5,000) with 4, 670 words.

I have four chapters plotted, but knowing me they will be broken down into a few more chapters. I’ve read multiple sources that advise writers not to rush their endings. So instead of trying to finish by the end of this round, I will give myself until the end of March, which should be enough time.

What a relief it will be to finish this project. Not that it will be the end of the work (editing anyone?), but it will be complete, finished and it will be a personal accomplishment.

How’s everyone else doing? What did you do to celebrate your first finished piece of fiction?

28 Thoughts to “The end is in sight – ROW80 check in”

  1. Nicole, I am so proud of you!!!

    My manuscripts go SO MUCH SLOWER now than they used to before husband, baby and blog. I know it’s the way of things, but I get all fired up when I see you bust out these big weeks. I can’t wait to see you in print.

    You’ll get an email from me, most likely tomorrow. Your Wed post has got me digging all through my WIP – it’s been a wonderful exercise. Thank you!!

    1. Love the enthusiasm Jenny. Always makes me smile. I think it will be a few more weeks until I finish the first draft, and then it will be on to editing. A whole new process to develop. 🙂

      Looking forward to your guest post. My inbox is on standby.

  2. Hey Nicole…. I love chapter plotting. I wonder if your chapters ever go in a different direction than you had anticipated?
    Good luck on the finish! I know you can do it, Nicole! 😉

    1. I had my chapters outlined before I began writing, and I stayed on track although, I had two or three chapters that snuck in there without being planned, but they were necessary to get the story to where it needed to go. 🙂

  3. Awesome, Nicole, and smart move giving yourself time to work out the ending properly. It is better to have it right than fast.

    Have a fantastic week 🙂

    1. Thanks for the support Gene. I think its the best way to go about it and maybe I just want to savor it a little as well. 🙂

  4. Em

    So exciting that you are heading to the end of your first draft and you are right, finishing it is a big accomplishment!! Great job on your weekly goals and I look forward to hearing how the next few weeks go. 🙂

    1. Thanks Em. I plan on having some mini celebration with I write the last sentence…wow exciting to just think about it.

  5. That is a huge accomplishment! Congrats on almost crossing the finish line 🙂 How exciting. Wishing you the best for the upcoming week.

    1. I will envision the finish line and I will cross it! 🙂 Thanks Raelyn.

  6. *high five* Awesome, Nicole! That’s what we all are looking for…finishing the WIP! Good for you! Can’t wait till it’s out!

    1. *high five* Marcia! Its getting exciting.

  7. That’s awesome Nicole! You must feel such a sense of accomplishment for having your WIP almost finished! When you get her all finished up she’s gonna shine! Have a great week! You’re doing great! 🙂

    1. It does feel good, I’ve written more words on the WIP that probably all of my university papers in 4 years combined. I will have to edit it until she shines…maybe that will be my part of my goals for the next round of ROW80.

  8. Great job, Nicole! There’s nothing like getting to the end of the first draft. Writing a book is a huge accomplishment. Keep up the awesome work!

    1. Thanks Stacy. I might be picking your brain for tips on the editing process or maybe you have some recommended reads? 🙂

  9. Woo-hoo, Nicole! You get some high kicks for finishing up the novel first draft. Well, semi-high since I need to do some stretches. Heh. Fab work and great that you are already focusing on the edit piece.

    1. You always make me laugh Barbara. Maybe you should consider writing a comedy-horror….is there such thing? 🙂

      1. Ooo…you might be onto something there, Nicole. In “bad” life moments, I do tend to insert comic quips to lighten the mood (my commentary around funerals is an example). No harm in having that in a story. 🙂

  10. Wahoooo Nicole and good for you on not rushing it. So proud of you! You are such an inspiration and motivation. Here’s to another FAB week ahead!!

    1. You’re never ending energy and spirit is an inspiration. Best ROW80 cheerleader ever. Fab week to you too!

  11. So much YAY!!! This is exciting. Glad you’re not rushing things. You’ve been making steady progress, so there’s no harm in taking longer with the end. At least it will be right when you get there. Good luck with the next few weeks! Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

    1. #teamsprinty is on the agenda. Gotta get those final chapters written.

  12. Typing THE END is such a big achievement … even with edits ahead, it’ll be a time to celebrate. I know you’ll give your best to finish your project this round yet 😉
    Have a great week!

  13. Your success inspires, beyond the congratulations. I enjoy reading your blog as it refreshing in its pace and its voice; naturally, I look forward to reading your other work.


  14. I look forward to reading it. I like the title, which is always a good sign. Good luck with the ending.

  15. Definitely a good thing giving yourself time to finish and not rushing through. I did that and short changed my ending. Working on fixing it in the edits.

  16. Tia Bach

    Wishing you the best of luck with your finish. I’ll be rooting for you in the early stages of Round 2! I’m behind on blogs, but have saved and will read your series on writing styles. My social media visting has been off lately, but I’m with you in spirit!

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