Sunday, November 28, 2010

The End is near

The end is near.  This, of course, doesn't mean I'm anywhere near THE END.  I'm just 5500 words or 3 days away from the end of NaNoWriMo.  The end of this draft is about 15-20K beyond NaNo's 50K goal - which means I'll finish it sometime before X-mas. 

THE END?  Well, I don't write those words at the bottom of my manuscript until I feel like I just finished the final draft.  That, my friends, is months off.  Hell, the novel I started querying in October was my 2009 NaNo novel.  Yep.  I can crank out those first drafts, but it's the editing and polishing that could take a while.

So, tell me, how long does it take you to write a first draft?  How long does your editing process take?


  1. Editing always takes around twice as long to write it. Polishing, perfecting-still working on that.
    Good luck finishing!!

  2. You are closer than I am on nano. I have 7500 to write in 2 days...and it will only be the half way point for a first draft or maybe just over half way. In the normal course of things - first draft 3 months...editing until I get it right...

  3. Writing takes anywhere from one month to three months, when I'm in the groove. Editing and revising? Man, that can take over a year!