Yes, it’s true! Yesterday afternoon I typed THE END on Translocator 2. Only two days past my ideal deadline of June 1st.
I drank an Old Fashioned to celebrate.
Here’s the word count tracker at THE END. Originally I thought the story would come to nearly 100k words! I’m relieved it got shorter the closer I got to the end, because I was running out of steam. Oddly enough, I made the same estimation mistake on The Auriga Project. Both books had 10k words chopped off their estimates during the draft—basically as soon as I realized the end was too long and changed up the outline. I haven’t quite figured out why, but I’ve got some theories.
Now, I will give myself about 2 weeks to read through and make revisions. Two weeks, and no more. Then it goes out for editing. Once the edits are in, the book will go to my advanced reader group, and then will be for sale soon after.
So no official date yet. This summer, hopefully.
A few more stats for the word nerds…
First draft by the numbers
88255 total words – my original target was 98k.
90 days total – 14 days outlining and 76 days writing
1,161 average words per writing day – this includes several days I skipped (3-5 days?), and several days when I only managed 500 words. Most days I could hit 1k-2k with a couple hours of effort. My best day was over 3,000 words.
This is the fastest novel I’ve ever written by 6-8 months. I give you a range there because I didn’t keep precise track of my previous books. The Auriga Project (Translocator 1) took about 14 months from start to publication and Tales of the Republic took 2.5 years with a long break in the middle (to write TAP and Scrivener Superpowers).
T2 is the longest novel I’ve ever written by about 3,000 words. (The Auriga Project is about 50,000 words. Tales of the Republic is about 85,000 words.)
I knock on wood as I type this ( *knock knock* ) but hopefully Translocator 2 will also be the novel that has taken the fewest revisions.
Maybe I’ll write up a post on what I learned writing this book. There are so many good lessons, and I should capture them at least for my own benefit, looking back at some undetermined point in the future. But the one thing I want to say now is that my experience with this book so far proves to me how far I have come since I started publishing my fiction 2.5 years ago, in the fall of 2014. I’m a better, more confident storyteller now than I’ve ever been.
Here’s to many more novels to come!
Today is my break. I finished The City and the Stars by Arthur C Clarke and read more from The Atlantis Gene by AG Riddle (I’m about halfway through). I was productive around the house, and hung out with Shelly while sporadic thunderstorms drifted over Austin. A wonderfully slow and relaxing day.
I’ll probably crack into the revisions next. Now that I’ve written this blog, I’m excited about the work again. It’s funny, going back to the beginning is like experiencing the book for the first time. I’ve already forgotten some of what I wrote in the first parts, and I’ll have my editor/reader glasses on now.
How fun. It will be just like reading a new book by another author. Except the author is past Matt. Recent past Matt. What was he thinking? What does he care most about? I guess I’m about to find out.