So I've penned the last line and put all 7 acts together in the first completed draft of the book. This is the time I've had a start, a middle, and an end to work this. This is, essentially, the book I've spent 3 years waiting for.
Though this is a personal mile-stone, it's actually not all that heart pounding an event. This is the first "complete" draft, but the draft itself is not complete. Much of the book is still as rough as raw guts and will need a lot of work before it's near presentable. Even after I whip it into a somewhat readable state, I'll need to get the draft to as many people as possible and then listen to their thoughts on the book so I can start improving the content and the defining the direction. In many ways this is just the beginning: I think the next process -- that of editing, improving, etc. -- will be the hardest. This is the part where everything needs to come together -- I'll need to make cuts on one hand, and work out what areas need fleshing out on the other.
For now I'm just happy to be sitting in front of something that somewhat resembles the final product. I'm sure I'll be a little more excited when I print it off tomorrow and have a physcial copy of it on my lap :)
The final word count: 95,841.
Just a few shy of the magic 100,000 words ;) Printed off, it will be 180 word-processed pages (that's at A4, 10pt, 1.5 spacing.) At the very least it'll make a great paper-weight :D