That's right! I finally finished the first draft of my second novel tentatively titled Through the In Between, Hell Awaits. It's such a great feeling to type that single word concluding months of work: 'end', though it is far from over. I'll sit on it for a month or two while I finish editing Through the Eyes of the Undead 2 and write some short stories and two novellas I have been outlining. I have to be sure this novel is the furthest thing from my mind before I begin the re-writes. I like to have fresh eyes when I begin editing novel length work.
I did two new things this time that I have never done before with my first novel or the four novellas I have written. For one, I didn't look at the word count once. I was so eager to see how many words the book ended up as, that I checked the word count about .000001 seconds after typing 'end'. 88K words. 400 double spaced pages. Not too bad considering my debut novel was about 70K words. I was shooting for about 90K, so I am very pleased with the way things turned out. The other method I tried that contradicts the way I write large works was that I didn't take any notes. Not one. Let me tell you, that's something I will never do again. Notes are such a great reference while writing a novella or novel. At times I had to scroll through the pages looking for a name or description, something that would have been included in my notes and easy to find had I been taking notes. Now, when I do the re-writes, I will have to take the notes I should have been taking as I wrote the book. I'll always take notes from her on out, but I think I will continue ignore the word count. I truly find the obsession with word counts to be distracting. I don't base my progress on word counts like so many writers do. I find working without keeping track of the word count is far more beneficial.