Here is an update about my novel. I am happy to say:
I have finished the first draft.
By first draft, I mean a complete draft of the novel including all chapters from beginning to end. Of course, I have piles of drafts of scenes, dialogues, and chapters, but this is the first time that everything is in one clean document. It is the document where I type
E N D
under the last line of the last chapter with both relieve and excitement.