I did it! I completed my rough draft. My entire novel has been plotted, the story laid out. Of course, there are lots of rewrites yet, more to add, scenes to flesh out. I am absolutely elated that I’ve finished the mystery. Writing the last bit, my fingers were flying across the keys. It was a struggle to keep up with my thoughts. I was pleased with my dialogue. It felt natural to me, the responses appropriate. I admit that I cried at the ending. My work was finished.
This is my plan now. I have several notes about bits to add. I’ll go ahead and add those. Then, I’ll let it rest for a week. Then, I’ll read it through and identify the scenes that are missing and where they should be placed. I’ll add those and then read through it again. At that point, I may let my husband read it and offer suggestions.
I feel such a sense of accomplishment. Since I’m planning for my sleuth to be a series character, I have two additional ideas for subsequent books. The next book will be set where I’ll be vacationing this summer. What better way to get into the feel of a book! I’m going to celebrate tonight. I’ve managed a major hurdle.