It is my pleasure to announce that on July 31st, I finished the first draft of my novel, The Hunter and the Horned Serpent. The manuscript stands at a strong 425 pages.
Two parts. 26 Chapters. Plus one Prologue.
It is one of my proudest achievements. However, the work has only begun. Now I enter the editing stage, with my red pen in hand.
While I’ve finished the SMART goal I set out to accomplish in a time much later than I projected, it is nonetheless a success to have written a novel. This is but the first step in a miles long journey, and I cannot wait to update you all on the journey I’ve begun.
I write this update while taking a break from writing the final chapter of my first novel.
It has been a long and solitary road. Several months have come and gone, each filled with moments where I’ve told my friends and family: “I’m so excited! The main character is facing X problem.”
“What’s happening?” They would ask.
“Sorry. Can’t tell,” I would reply.
Instead, I pushed through months and thousands of words, keeping my protagonist’s story to myself. Keeping her struggles, her anxieties, her failures, to myself. And now, as I reach the final pages, I simply cannot help but look forward to new stories. Whatever will my heroes face next?
This is the ending of the beginning.