Monday, April 02, 2007


Word Count: 92,848

If you are going to make a book end badly, it must end badly from the beginning.
Robert Louis Stevenson, (Letter to J.M. Barrie, 1892)

Finished it JUST after Dr Who on was very chuffed indeed. Of course, it's only the beginning. My dash for the finishing line means it is pretty rough and ready towards the end, and I've now printed it off and will be editing all week and groaning about my hideous writing!

Btw I think that as a novel race founder I shouldn't 'win'! Who will be next to finish?


Blogger Jane Henry said...

Fantastic Kate! Well done. Don't see why as it's your race you shouldn't win!!!

But now what happens, do we stop having our coffee breaks???

Btw did you manage to go back to it AFTER Dr Who,or did you skip Dr Who??? I think writing the fuzzy bit at the end of a novel after watching THAT kiss, might have been quite inspiring...

My hero is beginning to bear an uncanny resemblance to David Tennant...

I am SO sad...

love Janexxx

1:00 pm  
Blogger B.E. Sanderson said...

Awesome work, Kate! Of course you should win - you earned it. But I think we should certainly keep going to see who comes in second.

Even though I haven't been the most productive racer this month, I don't want to stop racing. However, if we're done here, I'll just have to race against myself. Of course, we could always have a race to the final draft.

Congratulations on your first draft.

1:14 pm  
Blogger NoviceNovelist said...

Fantastic Kate - brillant news! I'm off to clock up a few words inspired by your progress!!!

2:11 pm  
Blogger leatherdykeuk said...

Fantastic! Well done!
I'm still only 2/3 of the way through.

2:17 pm  
Blogger Lucy Diamond said...

Well done! A novel in three months - that is absolutely amazing and I am deeply impressed! And of course you should win!

3:10 pm  
Anonymous Jen said...

Wow, that is completely and utterly amazing, well done!!

I'm inspired by you too... will be forever destined to limp in under the finish line last but hey ho!

Off to write some words - hope you allow yourself a day off in the sunshine - though you're probably glowing already!


6:41 am  
Blogger JJ said...

That's fantastic. No reason why you shouldn't win. I'm glad it was motivating for you too.

I've just seen some of your books in Bangkok (I think I may be getting obsessed). I took a picture on my phone, but can't get it onto my laptop because I can't work out how to turn the bluetooth back on!


8:08 am  
Blogger Kate.Kingsley said...

Congratulations, Kate!

Well done, and I agree that being the host of the race need not preclude you from winning. Thoroughly deserved.

What happens now? Will we still all meet for coffee chats and keep the support network going? I've found it an inspirational thing to be a part of,

Best wishes

12:24 pm  
Anonymous sheepish said...

Well done Kate and of course you can win, but I hope we can keep on racing for a bit longer as it really has helped my motivation.

I am still going for the wooden spoon, so will have a reverse race with Jen!!!!!!!!!!

3:54 pm  
Blogger Novelgirl said...

Well done Kate...of course you should win!Did we motivate you to keep writing? Hope so!

Hopefuly we will keeep racing as I am nowhere near the finishing line yet!

See you all for the coffe break on Friday!


6:12 pm  
Blogger Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Terrific! Huge congratulations. I do hope we carry on racing - can't we all continue going round and round, like a kind of demented Alice in Wonderland style relay race, with some people lapping each other, others ducking out and crossing the centre of the track to start again with a new draft, and others crossing in the other direction to rejoin the race when they pick up an old draft again? Or something like that? And a winner declared every time someone finishes a first draft? It would work for me!

7:40 am  

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