View Full Version : The First 7,000

03-01-2013, 10:44 AM
Okay, I know to most people 7,000 words is no big whoop, but I'm honestly thinking about crying here.

The last big project I completed was my master's thesis back in 2007 that was 240 pages. I write short stories and poetry and flash fiction and scripts, but I have never finished a novel. I've started several times on diffferent ones, but I always lose interest or come up with another idea and abandon the previous. My writing life was a monument to unfinished work, never amounting to anything.

I finally sat down and said, "You know what, I'm doing this." I took an old idea, repolished it, planned an outline (which I NEVER do) and decided to tackle this and nothing else until it is finished.

I don't know why, but I decided to just write down dialog for the first 7,000 and then go fill in the rest after reaching that magical word count. I think it's enough of a skeleton frame that I can build on as I go. There will be more than 7,000 words of dialog; this was just my own personal goal before I start the next step of writing.

I've got a HUGE road ahead of me, especially since I'd like this to be a trilogy, but I see now how doable it is. It's so hard finding time these days with two jobs, two kids, and one wife (a man knows his limits and when to take just one), but I know that I am going to do this.

God is there with me, just pushing me along, and I am going to do this.

Please forgive the self-serving nature of this unedited, late night, sleep deprived post. I just made the rule that I didn't want to talk to anyone at home about the book until it was finished so as to not set false expectations if it fails. I just needed to vent and say to someone what's going on. Thanks for listening.

03-01-2013, 05:06 PM
7,000 is good going. If it's a trilogy, just don't look at the "to go" count. :) But congrats. Good luck with the rest!!!

03-01-2013, 07:14 PM
Congrats Man, I remember when I broke 10,000... I was freaking out!

03-01-2013, 07:48 PM

My suggestion: Make a vow not to start anything else before you finish this. Breaking that bad habit of literary adultery is critical. Take it from one who followed the same path.

03-01-2013, 10:51 PM
Good for you! Keep it up!

Siri Kirpal
03-02-2013, 12:33 AM
Sat Nam! (Literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

Keep Up!


Siri Kirpal

L. Y.
03-02-2013, 03:16 AM
Congrats! Keep it going!

03-04-2013, 04:06 PM
I just crossed 7000 wrds too and I'm over the moon. I suffer from can'tfinishanythingIstart-itis and am seriously looking for a cure. so congrats and I know where you're coming from!

03-05-2013, 05:05 AM
I read somewhere that if you can get past the first 50 pages, you're set. Maybe then the plot sweeps you up and takes you along for the ride?