I just finished the first draft of my novel, A Different Song.
83,699 words; ±308 paperback pages; ±436 manuscript pages.
Well, I still have to clean up the appendix. (Yes, it has one.)
I didn't include that in the statistics above.
But the story is complete.
The first draft is finished.
The first edit is done.
Now I will — um...
Soon, like maybe tomorrow I will start over at page one,
red pen in hand,
and do a little tightening,
What do I have to say for myself?
Well, Ellen likes it.