That Civil War horror novel set in Missouri I've been nattering about these past few months is finally done. I finished it at about 9 this morning. It came out to 91,962 words. I started it on January 2 of this year, so it took me slightly less than six months.
This is the quickest I've ever finished a novel. My previous novel, weighing in at 125,000 words, took three years. My second novel, much shorter at 85,000 words, took two years, but with nine months off while I wrote my guidebook to London.
The reason this went so quickly is that I didn't write a word for several months. I let the idea germinate in my head, filling out plot lines and characters, so that when I finally put fingers to keyboard, it went very smoothly.
Of course, I've only done the first draft, and the second draft of some early chapters. I have a long way to go before it's ready to send to an agent, but it's nice finally look at an approximation of the completed piece.
I'm going to take next week off for personal reasons, but I'll see you back here the week after!