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I’m Finished

I accomplished what I set out to do: I finished my novel. YAY ME!

Truly, I’m thrilled. On so many levels. There were several times I considered walking away, considered I was totally wasting my time, considered I wasn’t any good. I’ll say right now with full gumption, that it’s been a long time since I have been so proud of myself. I’m almost giddy. Even if it sucks–I love that I wrote it, love that I had the courage to finish it and love that I put myself out there.

I am so relieved to say and so I have to say it out loud, “I’M DONE!” Ok.  I realize that once I’m brave enough to send it off for editing, I’ll be on pins and needles, likely vomiting from anxiety. And yes, I realize to that I will likely, no, I will most definitely, have a lot to fix and scrap. I also know that the story itself might suck.

BUT…! In spite of all of theses factors, I am thrilled that I completed what I started. An 80,000 word novel. A novel that, regardless of where it goes, or the response it receives, I am proud of.

What was many times a hair pulling, pacing and screaming affair, has in the end, been completely worth every doubt I had about whether to keep going or walk away. In the end, I was too ingrained to leave it.

So now, I have begun #2 in the series and will allow #1 to sit tucked away unseen and untouched to stew before facing judgement day. Then I shall bow it down to the editors feet and allow the fear and loathing phase to commence;)

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8 responses

  1. Lisa Kilian

    Holy moly! As someone who has a finishing problem, let me take this moment to say how proud/jealous I am that you finished. I was definitely an adventure, huh?

    !!!!

    🙂

    July 14, 2011 at 9:50 am

    • Aww, Proud…that’s so sweet. I’d be lying if I said your post advice didn’t keep me moving forward. And as a fellow, ‘finishing problem person’, I can say that too, pushed me forward. I was determined.

      It was an absolute adventure. One that I’m anxious to keep moving with.

      No jealous here! You’re an awesome writer, I see it everyday on your incredible blog! And anyway, don’t get too excited/jealous or proud–I’m sure you’ll rip my work to shreds (and that’s ok), once you read it;) I’ll fix and keep going.

      July 14, 2011 at 10:22 am

  2. Congrats! Quite an achievement!! Hopefully I will be there one day…

    July 30, 2011 at 7:24 am

    • Thanks! You will. Just takes time and dedication. Yeesh, that sounds like generic advice doesn’t it? True though.

      July 30, 2011 at 11:43 am

      • Sounds like any project! I’m working on a few things (and my laptop failed) so it could be a while!

        July 31, 2011 at 6:47 am

        • Break out the pad and paper;)

          August 1, 2011 at 9:23 am

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