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wmwordleIt’s amazing how different my book is from when it started. Out of 108,000 words only 38,000 words are still the same as my rough draft! (That’s a lot of rewriting!)

I saved every version of my book, including my rough draft. It was worth it, not just to compare them, but because it’s hilarious reading it now. They say rough drafts are meant to be crap, yup mine was.

I still have a three page to-do list, but (I think) I’m finally done with major rewrites. (I like to-do lists, it makes me feel like I’ve really accomplished something when I get to check it off.)

From what I’ve read it takes everyone a different length of time to write their first novel, from a few months to a few years. My goal was to get mine done in a year, but that’s not going to happen. (Since that would be next month.) So, I’m shooting for the date I finished writing, the end of July. I want it to be as good as I can make it, but I know I have to eventually stop editing.

How long did it take you to write and edit your first novel?