I learned something from Pete that summer. I wasn’t the ugly duckling I thought I was. I was more than my legs, more than my wheelchair. There was something inside me that a guy could find beautiful. When Joey asked me to the dance, I knew he meant it.
Yowza!!! That’s the final paragraph of Northville Five & Dime. Yes, the final draft is finally complete. I just typed the final words of what is currently, a 29,715 word story. Right smack dab in the middle of a short story and a novel. What to do with that length I have absolutely no idea.
Typically, when I write, I do so much thinking and editing as I go that my first draft is pretty damn close to what I want the story to be. This story is dramatically different. Even though I’ve done the same amount of thinking and editing, I know that the story still has a long way to go. So, completion of the first draft doesn’t necessarily mean a lot here.
Plus, one of the things I think is wrong with it could lead to massive additions at the end. I’ll wait until my beta readers get back to me though and see if my concerns are shared by them.
This has been the most difficult story I have written that I have seen to its end. It feels good to finally get there. Now, it’s time to make it better.