My second draft of Chaos is complete at 163,020 words. This is actually the first time I’ve had a complete, consecutive manuscript with no holes and nothing missing–everything would make sense read front to back.
My husband was thrilled. This was the birthday present he’d specifically asked for, and I managed it 2 days early. My kids did a little happy dance around me in the kitchen, and my youngest (who was only a year and a half old when I began this project) offered me a celebratory sip of his juice in honor of the momentous occasion.
I know this is generally the point where you’re advised to put your manuscript aside and get some distance from it before diving back in for another draft, but I finished that last 10k words after a 3 month break, and my brain is filled with ideas on how to crank this thing up to the next level.
Never turn down the Muse, my friend.