Saturday, November 8, 2008

Exactly 2 months later... Raoul!

I finished editing it this morning. :) I can't stop grinning whenever I think of it. The weird little idea I had is now an 84,000 word novel!

Next, I'll let it sit until Monday and then re-read it top to bottom (here's where being a natural 1200 wpm speedreader really becomes a thing of beauty) and then it heads out to my test readers. I'll then spend the rest of the week cleaning up the house, which has rather fallen down during the last few days, and then Mr. W and I are on vacation for a week (nice little Ontario resort) and then it's time to find the next book! :)

Some random statistics, courtesy of my tracking spreadsheet and the TimeSheet program on my Palm:

Hours spent editing: 140.52
Total words edited: 86,085
Average words per hour: 612
Average time spent per day: 176 minutes (or 2 hours and 54 minutes) (I find four hours a day is my upper limit, and three seems to be comfortably hard without making it impossible to work the next day, so it's interesting that this is the average)
Average words per day: 1793

My 'most overused words' (the ones I watch for and remove on editing)
Just: 407 in the first draft, 178 in the second
Really: 85 in the first draft, 41 in the second
Moment: 52 in the first draft, 38 in the second

And, just for fun, a picture of the book itself, showing the most common words in the largest font size. Click it to see a bigger version. (Forrest is a key character. Can you tell? :) (The book's in first person so her name, Tess, doesn't appear all that often.)


Melissa said...

Congratulations on finishing! And yes, I agree Ravelry will be a downfall to the world :)

Lauria said...


And I love the stats, they're very interesting. :)

Michelle said...

Congrats on finishing! I tried writing a novel in high is sadly unfinished. I believe it's still in my attic somewhere. Maybe I should dig it out and give it another go! --- from CLF group on Rav

Jennifer said...

I am in awe. Congrats!

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