It's true! I can hardly believe it. My goal was to finish it before the end of the year and, at approximately 2:30 pm today, I completed the rough draft of my manuscript!
It's been a long and crazy ride, my friends. I started this crazy idea sometime in February or March (I can't remember exactly) of this year. It originally began as just a rough storyline in my mind that I entertained during my daydreams for fun. I decided to start typing the story on the computer for a hobby. I spent a lot of time on the first three chapters and was so excited about them. I started to feel like maybe I could make something out of my modest story.
Then those first few chapters were accidentally deleted. I was devastated and cried for several days. But I picked myself back up and rewrote it as best I could. I found that most of the rewrites were better than I remembered the original version. And so I kept on.
Now I've created an entire novel, complete with good guys, bad guys, action, romance and plot twists. I have the entire manuscript printed, ready for one last read-through from beginning to end. Then it's off to my editor.
Mission 2009: Write a Novel...completed
Mission 2010: Publish My Novel...has just begun.