This is How You Feel After a Full Day of Writing

At least, feel brain dead.

My second and last full rough draft of my thesis arrives at my professor’s today. I have one month and one week until the final draft is due.

You could say I’m excited. And a little freaked out. Is it going to be good enough? I do feel that this draft is strong. So that’s good!

So where are we know, stat-wise?

Beginning of the semester:

Chapters: 19

Pages: 103

Words: 26,640


8/15 Draft:

Chapters: 27

Pages: 125

Words: 32,553


10/7 Draft:

Chapters: 28

Pages: 133

Words: 33,706


It’s strange to work so much on a partial of a novel. The first chapter alone has been through several drafts. So once I finally finish the book, not just the thesis, it’ll be a bit unbalanced at first.

But that’s okay! Because I’ll have my grade by then. ^_^

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I write speculative fiction inspired by mythos from around the world, complex family dynamics, and my own experiences living with mental illness. After earning my BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2008, I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College in 2012. I live in Denver, where my husband and I spend countless hours chasing our three young sons (and sometimes catching them!). I collect tarot decks, dye my hair mermaid colors, and procrastinate by decorating my home. My debut novel, Feathers Sharp as Knives, releases on May 2, 2023.

20 thoughts on “This is How You Feel After a Full Day of Writing

  1. It does seem like a hard way to work on a book. I would be itching to push through to the end, but it’s probably nice, also, to get some feedback as you go. I did a collection of short stories for my thesis, so that was much different. I didn’t have to make many changes after the first time I turned it in. Good luck! I hope you pass:)

    1. Part of me wishes that I was better at short stories and could’ve done the same thing. But I love this story so much. In fact, I shouldn’t really work on it for the next week until I get it back from prof and that kills me!
      Happy Friday!

  2. Congrats for completing the rough draft! It’d probably be good for you to take a week away from it, especially after working on it so intensely. Hard, I know.

    1. It seriously is hard! I just skimmed it through, and OF COURSE noticed a bunch of mistakes. I itch to fix them now, but it would probably be best if I waited. Drat.

    1. Oh man, Chessie, it makes getting my Masters way less painful. I’d much rather write a novel than a 40 page paper (or however long). I did have to write a 25 page paper, but there wasn’t that added weight of “HOLY CRAP THIS IS MY THESIS” attached.

  3. Congrats on getting so much done!

    And yes, that’s how I feel after a full day of writing (or anything productive), but look how satisfied the puppy is! I see a tiny smile despite the exhaustion. So cute!

  4. I agree that it would be a challenge to work so hard on just one part of the novel. I’d be tempted to power through the entire rough draft just to get it done.

    But…the learning! So much emphasis on one section would bring about such wonderful and intensive critique.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    1. It has been a temptation, but with every draft, the plot has changed and the story’s direction has shifted just a little, so the end I would’ve likely reached months ago would no longer work. So in that regard, it’s been easier to hold off. But like you, I’ve been learning tons. It’s been a wonderful experience.

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