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The End

You’ve pulled it off and finally finished the manuscript. What next? Your work isn’t over yet, says James McCreet, with another bulletin on his novel in progress


And so, with a bout of frenzied air-drumming and a 1,300-word sprint to the line, the novel is finished. I’ve written 1,000 words a day every day for the last ninety days. It’s been tiring but very satisfying and I have mixed feelings now it’s done – happy that the pressure is off, but sad that tomorrow lacks the unmatchable excitement of novel-writing.

The nature of my process means that only one draft is necessary. I won’t need to make any changes to structure. Nothing significant needs to be cut or added. I was sufficiently sure of the planning to put my midway twist in at 45,000 words (chapter eleven). The final count came in at just thirteen words short of my 90,000 target (chapter 22).

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