Those 280 pages translated into 243 computer pages, 36 chapters, and 62,600 words—with dozens of notations indicating additional scenes to write during revisions. (My current target is somewhere around 90,000 words.)
April 3, 2013. This means that it has taken me just under four years to
complete this first draft. That is an unusually long time, even for me.
However, I originally started HopeWell as a
“sandbox” story—something to just play with between other projects. So at the
beginning, writing was very sporadic. About two-thirds of the story was written
between April and December of 2016—just nine months. HopeWell
Finally, this draft was only made possible through the support of dozens of family members, friends, and pesky critique partners, many of whom seem to think that if I showed them one chapter, the whole novel must be written!
And that sums up the first draft. Now on to revisions...