First draft of And All the Stars done! It came in at just over 90,000 words, and involved quite a bit of tearing up during the last chapters.
The word cloud shows the focus on my galmance (my term for the girl version of a bromance), but is not particularly spoilery.
Next step is the end-to-end re-read - during final chapters I usually come to a better understanding of some characters, so on the re-read I'll do a little shading and emphasising certain aspects - as well as spotting typos, pace issues, continuity errors, etc. Hopefully I'll get that done by the end of the week (though fatigued at the moment because I pushed to get the draft done).
After that, betas - I'm fascinated to know what their first reactions will be. Then editing passes, copy-editing passes.
Just over eight months for first draft, which isn't bad.
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