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.


Carmody said...

Famtastic to hear of your progress Abbey. Good luck with keeping the momentum up. Can't wait to see the finished article, being a big fan of the "Shades" story I know we're in for a treat.

"Abbey Tarnhelm" said...

Carmody, thanks very much!