I just finished my first draft! c:

I got COVID this last Tuesday and so, I had to take time off work (though I go back again this upcoming Tuesday) but I thought this gave me the best opportunity to finish my story and I’m finally done with it!

:partying_face: :piñata: :mirror_ball: :face_holding_back_tears:

It sits at 94,875 words as a first draft. However, I’m sure that once I start editing, the numbers will go up because I have quite a lot of editing to do. I’ve realized that I missed an entire continent in the map I created ages ago, so I not only have to make a new map but add it in. I’ve also noticed that in my final battle sequence, I didn’t put in another thing that was supposed to happen because I practically continued the story without much thought as to this other piece of the puzzle. I also have to change a bit of the beginning as well which would both delete and add words to it. So, maybe it’ll be what I thought it was going to be which was like 100K or so? :thinking: I guess we’ll see. :sweat_smile:

But this has been seven years in the making. Well, sort of. Three years if you count fully writing it. The idea struck me seven years ago, but I started writing it three years ago… the longest time it’s ever taken me to write a book. :upside_down_face:

So, now, I’m gonna let it sit and brew for a month so I can start planning the sequel, working on another story, and plan out what needs to be done for this book. :face_holding_back_tears:



My poor brain, anything that takes 7 years is likely to be a abandoned until I can force myself back into it (as is evidenced by several series). So the tenacity to see it through to the end of the first draft is an accomplishment.


Congrats! Hope you will have fun editing it. The long fictions like that could be a total murder on all senses in that stage. Lol, don’t ask me how I know.


7 YEARS! WOW! And you finished it!

Say it out loud. Let it sink in.

You finished it.

Congratulations! :smile:

Go treat yourself :cupcake: :ice_cream: :doughnut: :cookie:


Thank you! :face_holding_back_tears:

Haha, I know the feeling unfortunately. :sweat_smile: It would’ve been an abandoned story if I hadn’t had it simmering in my head for that long because the idea was impossible to get rid of. I wasn’t ready to write it the first time it popped up in my head, and I tried in various formats, too. But I was too young, too new to writing still. Loved the idea, couldn’t get rid of it, so I had it on the backburner while writing other stories and trying to hone the craft of writing until finally, I thought I was ready. And I’m so surprised I stuck with it! :sweat_smile: Especially when I lost a full month’s worth of planning for the story and world and it still wasn’t finished yet. :rofl:

Thank you! :blush: And I definitely will try to haha. I actually like to edit, though. As much as the writing part. Writing itself is awesome, but it becomes a drag when it’s not written yet and you have no idea where to go even when you have a plan in front of you. Coming up with the characters, dialogues, scenes, backgrounds, etc. is so exhausting that at the end of a draft, I appreciate editing a lot more because I can at least go into a finished product and clean it up. It’s hard to clean something up when there’s nothing to clean up. :sweat_smile:

They definitely can be, though. :sweat_smile: I can’t wait until I nosedive into this thing. I’ve already written down what I need to revise as a sort of outline to get my thoughts in order lol.

Thank you! :face_holding_back_tears:

An agonizing seven years. :rofl: :sweat_smile: But worth it for this moment. Honestly, though, I’m a little sad that I didn’t feel much after writing those final words, though. When they hit the page, I was like, “That’s it? Oh. Okay.” xD So weird. Like, I felt accomplished and happy that it finally got done, but then there was nothing else after that which is really bittersweet knowing. I wished I got as excited as others have when finishing a project, but I feel like I never have with either of my four other projects I finished. It was more of a “bleh” moment. And I thought something would happen here considering how long I’ve spent working on it and how long it’s been in my head fore, but whatever. :sweat_smile:

And I shall treat myself! Which, technically I’m doing tonight lol. A little celebration with a clean house, a book, a shower, and a face mask. c:


Very understandable. Setbacks derail me.

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