Thursday, October 21, 2010

The End

I finally got to the end of my draft.

Oddly enough, that sounds like more a milestone to nonwriters to than to writers. Nonwriters think it's a huge milestone. Writers nod, but know it's only an intermediate step. It's an end, but it's the beginning of revision.

This is only the second book I finished, and now, after congratulating myself nonwriter-style, I take a step firmly into the "writer" camp -- into Revisionland.

When a book crashes and burns, whether at the query, submission, or post-publication stage, the standard advice is to keep writing. Write something new. Writers write. Etc.

I didn't know if I could do that. I'm not one of those people with bottomless wells of resilience who keeps going against all odds.

Writing the second one makes me feel that I can really be a writer. Published or not, I don't want to be one of those people who only has one book in her. But more importantly, I decided to write another book after rejection. Maybe I have the stick-to-itiveness I'll need.

Now if I can just stick out the revision...

15 comments:

  1. Woo hoo--congrats! The first draft is always the most difficult for me. I'd much prefer to be in Revisionland. :)

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  2. It may not be the end of the journey, but it is a milestone just the same. One of my critique partners just signed with an agent, and we all toasted her with some Martinelli's. Then she started in with, "I know I have a lot of work ahead of me. . ." I told her to celebrate the milestone that it is!

    You can't use the milestones as an excuse to be complacent, but let them have their moment!

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  3. I agree one hundred percent with Angelica. It IS a big step (finishing the first draft), so go ahead and relish your awesomeness!

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  4. Woot for THE END! I'm proud of you, too! It is a huge milestone, and one many people never reach.

    It's proof you are a writer. :)

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  5. Congratulations on finishing the first draft!!! Woot!

    Instead of doing NaNoWriMo, I'm going NaNoRevisions! Ripping into the MS again...perhaps I'll see you on the revision highway in revisionland. ;)

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  6. I think it IS a milestone. With a draft done, you have something to work from and know where your story is going when you revise. Congrats!

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  7. It's a huge milestone, congrats! And finishing that second book...ahhh, it really is special. I felt the same way when I finished my second book - that maybe I really really was a writer, not just a one trick pony :) What a feeling :D

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  8. I wish you an INSANE amount of luck. I still consider it a huge accomplishment each time a draft is completed. I'm currently working finishing my third novel, though they have not made it past revision it is still more than I did a year ago. One triumph at a time!

    Look forward to passing the revision stage at least once!

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  9. Congratulations! It may not seem so big to writers as it does to non-writers, but it is still a substantial milestone!

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  10. Congrats!!! Good luck with revisions :) BTW, I think Perceval is just a very proper name for an owl.

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  11. Thanks all! Lbdiamond, I'm with you on NaNoRev month. Even if it's just you and me there, it's national (unless you are in Pennsylvania. Then it's PaNoRev month)

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  12. Yay for finishing the first draft. I'm sooo proud of you my friend.

    Here's hoping I join you in the first draf celebration later this week. :)

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  13. It would also help if I could spell draft today as well. lol.

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  14. Lindsay, awesome! Then we can then have InNaNoRev month.

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