My workshop results were…highly encouraging

It’s been over 24 hours now since the first chapter of some goof novel I started writing a month ago was workshopped in my writing class, and, I’ve got to say, I’m still glowing a bit from how well things went.  I got a lot of praise for my creativity and weirdness and a few recommendations that are genuinely helpful.  I’m pretty excited to start working on the second chapter.

That second chapter is due on November 3rd, which is roughly three weeks from now.  My turnaround for generating ~6,000 words is much shorter this time.  That might sound stressful, but think about this: another ~6,000 word chapter will be due on December 1st.  This means that, going into the winter break, I’ll have written roughly 20,000 words (the first chapter was just over 8,000 words).  The generally accepted length of a novel’s first draft is around 50,000-60,000 words.  So, by the end of the semester, I’ll be one-third of the way to having a full manuscript that I can start shopping around for publication.  I’m pretty stoked about that.

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