Novel Update!

Regular readers of this blog may remember that I started work on a structural edit of my first novel at the beginning of September, as the school term began.

I am delighted to announce that, a mere six weeks and 80,860 words later, I have finished this task, a few days ahead of my half-term deadline!

I am sharing this news in part to explain the break from my regular blogging schedule, but also to encourage anyone else who may be working on a novel at this time. NaNoWriMo is fast approaching, where budding writers attempt to draft a novel in 30 days. This idea seems a little crazy even to me (I already had most of the text of my novel to work with on my current edit,) but there is certainly something to be said for perseverance. I worked on my novel Mon-Fri come hell or high water, no matter how much I did or didn’t feel like it. The end result is that I have plenty of time to fine-tune the manuscript before my deadline of New Year for having it in a publishable state.

Of course, whether a publisher will want it is another matter, but I’m determined to take it through the query process and learn what lessons I can from the experience. I intend to share this novel with you once it’s done, whether it turns out to be traditionally or self-published, and I look forward to your verdict.

Stay tuned for further updates!

Ingrid

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  1. Wow, a novel, you say. How fun. What genre, May I ask!? 80,000 is amazing work in a month! Jeez, speedy Gonzalez! You’re amazing, Sista! Keep going. Here’s looking at you. All the best. Wow 🤩

    1. Thank you Selma! 😊 I didn’t do it from scratch, as I had a few messy drafts to work with, but I have all the details where I want them now 😃

      1. You’re amazing. I concluded my edits at the start of September after giving it all I had fir 100days (online course)
        I have it percolating. I will return to it in January. I hope. Needs another detailed edit.
        Wow. You’re amazing.

      2. You’re amazing too! 100 days to get it all done 😅 I left mine for over a year before returning to edit. In fact, I very nearly gave up on it, but I’m glad I didn’t…

  2. Oh my goodness Ingrid. Amazing! What wobderful and inspiring news. There is just SO much work in getting something as long as that ready for publication. Please keep us informed as to this journey that I am hoping to embark upon soon. Though mine is not a novel. I have 50000 words so far! I wish you every success with this Ingrid, ❤️

  3. That is fantastic news Ingrid. Well done. When I am working on a novel I too try and write every day. It keeps you in the flow. In am looking forward to reading your novel. This week’s #FriSalon is on #NaNoWriMo

  4. I am so proud of you! 👏🏻 📗 I have not participated in NaNoWriMo, but I have a few friends who have. Crazy intense, but a wonderful experience with a shared energy. ✨ I look forward to your next update. You’ve got this! 🙌🏼

  5. Yea, congrats Ingrid, well done! It takes massive persistent effort to get that far 🙂

    I’ve often been told I should write a book but I often feel like it’s all been said before ..

  6. This is just the inspiration I needed to hear today. I am about 85 pages into the first draft of a novel I am working on and just felt stalled out this past week, but realized that I need to get back on the horse. I too want to see how it ends! Good luck with yours.

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