Well, ladies and gents, I’ve finished, and I am triumphant. I wrote 50,244 words in 30 days (28 days really). With the 18,357 words I had in my novel to start with, my current total word count in my novel is 68,601, which is not too shabby if I say so myself.
This has been extraordinarily well-timed because I’m just coming up to the big climactic battle, which would have been absolutely nerve-wracking to write if I was on a word-count deadline. You see, I am not a military strategist, and my perfectionism won’t allow my to fake it. But now that I’m finished with my challenge, I can relax a little bit and wait until my copy of De Re Militari gets here so I can read up on Roman military tactics. I do have a pretty good idea of how ancient and medieval battles went (I watch a lot of The History Channel) but primary sources are my favorite. You don’t get much more primary than the Roman war manual itself.
I’m extremely happy that I did this challenge. It has gotten me back into writing seriously, which I haven’t done since high school, and it’s a relief to find that I’m much better at it now than I was then. And it’s mind-blowing to think about the sheer volume of what I’ve written this month. 50,244 words translates to about 250 printed, single-side word processor pages. Crazy, right?
So from here, the next step is to finish my novel at a much more relaxed pace, get lots of friends to read it, make it perfect, find an agent, make it MORE perfect, get a publishing contract, make it as perfect as it can possibly be, get it published, and find something wrong with it.
Because that’s how it works, right?