That’s pretty much what I feel like right now. For some reason the amount of 20,000 words seems like a substantial goal in the quest to complete my first novel. It has definitely not been the easiest journey so far but I have pushed onward and have reached an estimated one third benchmark. Just thinking that only 10,000 more words is an approximate halfway point is even more exciting!
I feel like the remaining two thirds will be a little more tougher just because I have to continue to tie everything together until it all unites into one fluid storyline, but I am getting ahead of myself here. I need a few more moments to bask in this accomplishment before I start to think about what all still lies ahead of me. You know, like actually finishing the novel. Then editing it. Then probably editing it again…and again. Then having people read it. Then editing…yes, again. So lots of writing and reading and editing and reading in store for me.
Really though, out of everything, finishing a novel will be a super huge achievement for me. I have attempted to write so many of them with such high hopes and ideas and written passages/scenes that even surprise me at how emotional they can get…but I have never been able to complete a novel full circle. I just feel really good about this process so far and I think I will definitely make it this time. All those other times of trying and starting other ideas but never finishing helped me to subconsciously know what I was missing in the other ones and so, I believe, helped me prepare with each new idea until I came to one that I could see all the way through.
I truly believe now that it is really a process and the more times you go through the process, the more confident and easier it becomes. Not that writing any novel will ever be easy, even if I had written 60 of them. But the knowledge that I have done this before and can do it again really goes a long way in helping you push on to the next scene, the next 1000 words, the next 10,000 words all the way until the final sentence.
What about you guys? Have you reached a certain mark in your novel that makes you feel more confident? What about those who have already completed a novel before – how amazing is that feeling?