Published on July 25, 2008 by

The first draft of Unforgettable is done.  I already know a bunch of things I need to add or change, but the story arc is complete.

I wrote the first words of this novel on January 1, but at that point I didn’t know it was going to be a novel.  It was just a character sketch.

On May 13, I started the push to finish the novel by WorldCon.  Since May 15, I wrote at least 500 words every day.  My average daily word count (since the push) was 835.  My biggest day was May 26: 2073 words.

There were some long periods during which I absolutely had to force myself to write.  If not for the Codex Novel Contest, I probably would have skipped a day during that time, and then one day would have become two, then three, then more.  What kept me going was badges I could earn in the contest.  (Yes, I do need stinkin’ badges.)

So, what’s next?  I’ll set the novel aside for a few days and focus on a short story.  Then I’ll go back and add a few missing scenes from early in the novel.

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6 comments on “Fin”

  1. Congratulations on finishing!

  2. Ginger says:

    Congratulations! Judging from my boy scout fervor, I\’d write that much if someone ELSE got a badge for every day I wrote. I\’ll have to ponder that…

  3. Dave says:

    Takes a lot of discipline to persevere as you have! Congratulations! Looking forward to picking it up on Amazon one of these days!

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  5. RoAnn says:

    Wonderful news! I’m so glad you were able persevere in writing when it was difficult. I’m all in favor of interim incentives for large projects, and it’s great that the Codex Novel Contest helped you get through your dry spells.

    Let’s hope that your novel gets published quickly so we fans of yours can read it!

  6. Excellent, Eric! Well done.

    All the best, all the time,