First draft (65,000 words) of Conceding Grace: complete. Thanks, Nano!

Happy day.  The first draft of my third novel, Conceding Grace, is complete.  Now, that means I still have 3-6 months of agonizing editing to go.  Ultimately, I expect “Grace” will be 80,000 words, maybe 85,000. 

Nanowrimo is a Godsend for me.  It forces me to complete a first draft within a short enough time frame that the story stays alive and fresh in my mind.  It makes me write on a timeline, which is a necessary skill for an aspiring novelist.  And it suits my “last second” personality.  This is my third novel, and the third that I have drafted first during Nanowrimo. 

I am pleased with the draft of Conceding Grace, and, after a short break to re-establish my languising exercise routine and address my jelly belly, I can’t wait to dive back in for the completion/edits.

Thanks to my guest posters, without whom my blog would have gone stagnant this month: Heidi, Darryl, and Eric.  Thanks especially to my husband, Eric, who makes it possible for me to work full time and write full time, with 3 teenagers at homeHe put the joy in my heart that freed my inner writer from my inner editor, too.

Woo-hippo 😉


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25 Responses to It’s a wrap.

  1. Congratulations, Pamela….and you’re very welcome for the guest posts.

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  2. Eric Hutchins says:

    Awesome Accomplishment. Really very very good. I loved to listening to you read the first draft. Its fast paced, exciting, dangerous, surprising, full of love and color. Great book.

  3. LBDDiaries says:

    YOU GO DALINK! I am so impressed with you and can’t believe a month has passed that quickly. I can’t WAIT to read this book. If it is anything like the first one I read, WOOOOO HIPPY (my take)! U B GOOT AUTHOR!
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  5. Nice going girl- proud of you- looking forward to another break from my serial murders–
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  6. Rebecca Nolen says:

    Can’t wait to read it!

  7. Layla says:

    Congratulations!! One of these years I will do it…

  8. Heidi Dorey says:

    Three cheers for Pamela!

    I had no doubts.
    I can’t wait to be as good as you.

  9. Irene says:

    I feel honored that I “know” a novelist! And you are very lucky to have such a supportive husband! I definitely enjoyed the guest bloggers (Heidi rocks) and wish you the best with this third endeavor!
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  10. Way to go Pamela! Don’t know how you juggle everything, but so glad that you do!

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  11. Christina says:

    Big congrats – I can’t wait to read it! I remember reading for pleasure. I think I used to do it a lot …

  12. Great job! Congrats on conquering NaNo!!
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