Monday, November 8, 2010

I FINISHED!!! + Novel Stats

As of 2:19 this afternoon, I typed the final words of the second draft of Seer and I am DONE! Took me months longer than I'd hoped and I still have to do a read-through to make sure I made it better and not worse, but the important thing is that I FINISHED IT!! If you couldn't tell by all the caps and exclamation points, I'm EXCITED!! :-)

And in a long-standing tradition, I thought I'd give you some STATS:

Initial idea: December 23rd, 2009
Outlining: 10 days (January 7th—17th)
First draft: 7 weeks (January 18th—March 7th)
Word count: 70,018
Revision outline: 3ish weeks (March 25th—April 18th)
Second draft: 6 months and 3 weeks (April 19th—November 8th)
Word count: 81,937

So from initial idea to completed second draft took me about ten and a half months, and from draft one to draft two I gained nearly 12k, which still makes this the second shortest book I have ever written.



Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! *throws confetti*

Keesa said...

Hahaha, Joanna, that is SOOOOOOO exciting! I'm so proud of you! Congratulations, girl.

Anna said...

Awesome, congrats!! I think this calls for cupcakes. :-)

Joanna R. Smith said...

Thanks so much, everyone!!

And Anna, CUPCAKES?? That's a fantastic idea!!!

Anne M Leone said...

Congratulations! What a great feeling!

Thanks for sharing your stats, too. How interesting! Also strangely comforting how long your revision took. Mine took about that long, too. Much longer than writing the darn thing to begin with.

Joanna R. Smith said...

Thanks, Anne!

And yes my revisions take SO LONG. I always aspire for them not to, but it never works!