Yes, that's right, I finished this draft! The major overhaul-rewrite-revise-rewrite-again draft that I've been working on for, oh, ages is now done. The final statistics are humbling:
I started the challenge in March and finished somewhere in June.
At the beginning of the challenge, I had 46% of the novel left to edit.
Now the draft is complete.
My starting wordcount was around 95k, and I wanted to be in the 80k range.
My ending wordcount is just under 80k.
I needed to overhaul the entire second act, and the third act until the climax
And I did it!
I had two earlier chapters that, having been edited, also needed rewrites; I did those
And finally, I needed to get it ready for betas, which I did.
Although I'm not sure when the challenge officially ended, I am declaring it an official success. Not only did I accomplish everything I set out to do, it got me over a major roadblock. Whereas before I struggled to make any progress, now I'm well on my way toward finishing.
I can breathe, I can move, I can start fantasizing; I can even start toying with the next story idea. It's such an amazing feeling!
Still, having gotten Mirrorpass this far, I don't want to let this forward momentum die out. I'm looking for betas and passing the full manuscript out. While it's with readers, I'm doing a full continuity edit to iron out any remaining plot or concept wrinkles. After that begins an unquantifiable proccess--line edits, wash rinse repeat, polishing, wash rinse repeat.
And then? Dare I aspire toward the goal of querying?
Perhaps for now I'll wait, and edit, and see; and until then it can be the final unspoken milestone.
Truly and always,