Sunday, January 6, 2008

It's been over a month...

... since I last posted on Pemberley House progress. I made little headway during my time off at the holidays, due to a multitude of other things that cropped up, which was disappointing.

Today I came to a point in the manuscript where some things came together and it made sense to incorporate a prequel story, "The Shades of Pemberley," into the overall novel. "Shades" will be a tale which a character in the novel will read, in chunks, as the action progresses. I hope this will end up working out. Not absolutely sure if it will until I get to the end.

In the meantime, though, it added 6,750 words to the manuscript. Hurray!

Add that to the 4,000 new words I generated today, and the manuscript is up to about 41,500 words.

For a final word count, I'd be happier with 75-80,000 words, but I'll take a minimum of 60,000.

If I have 5 more 4,000 word Sundays like I had today, I could be done in 5 weeks.


And "done" would mean done with the first draft. There would still be the review, subsequent drafts, copyediting, etc.

Still... I am going to try my damnedest to maintain this pace and momentum.

Wish me luck.
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