Thanks you guys. ^_^Wow, started late, and finished early.
I think it's actually going to be very hard for me to not immediately turn around and start editing...but I'ma give your wisdoms my best effort.Congratulations! And double congratulations for hitting 50,000 words... and you're still not finished! That's a fantastic position to be in, since most publishers won't even look at your work until it's 60,000 words or longer.
And personally, it's always a blast when your characters suddenly derail your carefully thought-out plots. When it gets to the point where your characters start thinking and acting on their own, you've really developed them to the point where you feel like you're simply reporting to your reader what's going on. The writing feels much more natural at that point, and you're simply along for the ride.
When you've reached the end of the book, sit back, pat yourself on the back, and let it sit for a few weeks. Think about what you've written, and then go back over it. Fix your typos and grammatical errors, edit down scenes that don't work for you, and expand on others. And, when you feel like you can share it with others, see if some people - preferably fellow writers - will be willing to take a look at it and give you detailed feedback about what works and what doesn't. Then you can use that material to create another draft! I find that, after three or four drafts - sometimes more - it starts getting into a shape where you can try to shop it around and see if anyone wants to publish it for you.
Great job, and keep it up!
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