OMIGOSH I did it!
Okay, I was not a fan of the outline going into this, but now I totally am. I finished the first draft this weekend, and despite the lack of explosions, I am quite tickled with it.
2. Check the allotted word count
3. Write only what the outline told me to (kept me focused)
4. Go back and make sure I covered everything required in the scene
5. Check the word count after completing each section
I started to get scared because I was 150 words over in the first two scenes, which is a lot in a 10,000 word piece. The good thing is, I over-allotted words for my turning point/revelation, and my climax.
In the end, I had 9,240 words. Yay! Words to spare.
Now, what is really awesome about this is since I stuck to my outline, I have no extraneous scenes to edit. Every scene is important to draw the plotline forward. There are no “Little Darling” scenes that I have to pull my hair out over cutting. It’s a great place to be.
There are a few scenes that I need to go back and edit before beta-reading. One I purposely wrote as “tell” because I wasn’t sure how to “show” her walking across a snow bank. Overall, I am in great shape, and I am happy with the story.
Now— to Edit, Beta Read, and Polish before the submission deadline.
The clock is ticking