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.


  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–

  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!

  10. Way to go Pamela! Don’t know how you juggle everything, but so glad that you do!


  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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