I am definitely nearing the end of the first draft phase of this novel. Now I just need to drag myself through the transition to rewrite. It's still missing dozens of scenes, but as I slot these in, I need to start prettying it all up. The thing about first draft writing is that I let the continuity and other issues just slide. I find I can do this because I tend to write short novels. In fact, I feel I need to, I need to hold the entire story in my head and know each scene. If I didn't I'd never know whether or not I had a handle on the character progression and plot.
But it also means a lot of hard work getting every scene doing all it needs to do to move the plot forward and adequately develop character. Today I'm just going to leave it and edit my short story instead.
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