It’s my final milestone of Operation 50/50. For the last 50 days, I’ve been trying to tackle a scene a day. The reason? I want to get my work-in-progress in a polished draft form for my critique partners and betas plus make my goal of a finished novel in 2011.
The whole goal was to give myself some type of structure without the added pressure of stressing myself out. As some of you already know, my day job can be sometimes very demanding, so I already knew that some of my days would not be as productive as I wanted them to be.
However, I must say the progress on my novel has really been a great thing and I really do believe that if I hadn’t have done something like this that I would have not gotten the same level of output.
So what’s the final tally?
Wrote draft for scenes 49-50
Total for this milestone: 3211
Total for Operation 50/50: 27,944 words
Total for current whole novel revision: 65,359 words
Operation 50/50 Statistics:
Revised scenes: 5
Draft scenes: 30
Story-boarding scenes: 15
So during Operation 50/50, I had the opportunity to revise/draft out the last 1/3 of my novel. I’m happy about how the new ending is working out. I still need to go back and work on the story-boarding scenes — the ones where I just jotted down some ideas — but now that I have a full novel draft again, I can figure out how best to approach them.
My next steps will be to complete all remaining scenes and then start another revision round. My goal is to have a final revision complete by the end of the summer — pending any crazy job activities.
The things I learned during Operation 50/50:
- Consistency (no matter how small) pays off.
- Exposure to your novel on a daily basis keeps you in its world.
- Being flexible and realistic lowers stress level and fosters creativity.
- Breaking a novel into smaller chunks keeps you writing in the moment.
So that’s it folks! Operation 50/50 is over and I’m very happy with the progress. Writer friends, what kind of things have you learned when you reach a major milestone in your writing?