Last August I decided to lay aside the novel I've been trying to write since my mid-teens (I'm in my early 20s now) because it was just too complicated for someone as inexperienced as me. Instead I wanted to improvise a 60,000-70,000 "stupid vampire story", just to finish anything. I'd heard that if you were a good writer, it didn't matter what you were writing about. Since then it's become a trilogy and I've written almost 70,000 words of the first book with still quite a way to go until the halfway mark (end of chapter 10). I'm pretty hopeless, I guess. At least it's still more manageable than my last project. I know people say it's hard to get your first book published if it's very long, but the business is very different where I live so I'm just pressing on. I'm actually more worried they won't give me a chance because I have fantasy elements like vampires. As far as I know there has only been one big fantasy novel for adults published the last few years, and it's nowhere as flamboyant as mine. Which is why I plan to write something very down-to-earth next if this fails. By the way, if you think my English is too bad to be a writer, English isn't my first language, so I'm a little bit like a fish out of water here. I'm sorry, lol. Anyway, I don't have anything to do at university for three weeks, so I was thinking of just focusing on my book until then and at least writing 2,000 words every day. I was thinking posting about it here might help motivate me. My goal for this period is to get to the halfway mark (finishing chapter 10) and then second-draft chapter 8, chapter 9 and chapter 10. I know you should just finish the first draft of the entire thing in one go, but that is just physically impossible for me. Leaving such a mess kills me. Wrote today: 2,767 Total Word Count: 67,029 Today I was working on the last third of the 8th chapter and it's the end of an arc that's been going since chapter 6, so it's pretty intense and satisfying to write. I bet it won't be as easy to write this much every day. It's one of my extremely long fight scenes now too. I feel like these will either break or make my novel. I know books are not the medium for action, since if you describe too many complicated movements the reader has a hard time following, but I've thought of a way to write them that focuses on poetic prose and the feelings and personalities of the ones involved instead. I think of my fight scenes as the songs in musicals.