View Full Version : IT'S FINISHED! The first draft is finished! TODAY!

08-09-2011, 11:24 PM
I guess I've been working on this thing for at least eight months. And have gone through a lot of stops and starts and other hiccups, and lots of days where all I could do was think about what would happen next, lots of plot issues to resolve, lots of research about diabetes in the Research forum, and lots and lots of procastination.

I was hung in the middle of the climax scenes for days until I finally sorted out exactly how I wanted the ending to proceed.

And I sat down today and wrote over 3700 words to the end. Then, after going back and adding a few more elements to one of the subplots, I declared it finished.


The first draft, anyway. I have a long road ahead of revising, rewriting, editing, fleshing out, fixing things, shaping, and polishing.

The final stats:

305 pages at TNR

69,000 words.

It's a Young Adult thriller (with nothing supernatural about it) about what happens when a high school cheerleader, who does a webshow on YouTube, gets stalked by someone who threatens to reveal a dark secret from her past.

It has some surprising twists and resolves in a happy ending.

The potential titles (see the Sandbox thread (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=220948))

The Bad Cheerleader

The Web of Secrets

A Tangled Web

The Secret Life of a Midwestern Cheerleader

On to the revisions!

08-09-2011, 11:25 PM
HEY! Congrats, man!

08-09-2011, 11:33 PM
Well done, you!! Congratulations!

Chris P
08-09-2011, 11:35 PM
Great job!

08-10-2011, 12:29 AM
Congrats! And yay for YA thrillers!

08-10-2011, 01:01 AM
Hurray! Buy you a drink?

Maryn, pleased in your behalf

08-10-2011, 08:43 AM
Congratulations!! The hardest part of writing is just getting it written... may it all be downhill from here!

08-10-2011, 01:18 PM

Can I just say, I like 'A Tangled Web' best :)

Lady MacBeth
08-10-2011, 06:56 PM
Well done! Now go celebrate.

08-10-2011, 07:38 PM
Congrats!!! I like 'A Tangled Web' also :)

08-10-2011, 08:05 PM
Good work! Now it's chocolate and/or Scotch time!

08-11-2011, 04:46 PM
Thanks! I've begun the slow processing of revision. Hope to post the first chapter in SYW sometime very soon.

08-11-2011, 09:51 PM
Congrats! Take a break and celebrate :)