Getting to The End

. Much to my surprise, and shock, this week I have finished writing my book.

You have to understand, I haven’t finished writing a full length book for over 15 years. I’ve written dozens of beginnings, got quite a few past the mid-way point, but not actually finished one.

But this time, I didn’t get bored. I didn’t run out of inspiration half way through. I didn’t skip my writing time to do something else. I didn’t give into laziness and read instead. I actually finished the book.

I’m quite gobsmacked.

It still needs work. It needs a re-write to fix a few problems – there’s one character introduced at the start who’s seen 3 times and then never again. I just forgot about him, but he’ll either have to be deleted, or leave in a mysterious way. There’s probably a pile of continuity errors. There are themes and devices I only came up with half way through writing the book, so I’ll need to go back and make sure they’re in the first half.

And then I have to put it away for a month. Then get it out and read it through with fresh eyes, making sure it works, and that it’s as good a read as I thought it was when I was writing it. Then there’s the whole battle of finding a publisher.

But it’s there. A finished manuscript. All the tricks and devices I came up with to get me through writing this book actually worked.

As for what next – I assumed when I finished this book, I’d take a break for a few weeks. But my imagination has other ideas. It’s already prodding me to start the next book. And there’s a good chance this time I’ll finish this one too.

For once, and this is a rare feeling for me. I’m actually proud of myself.

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2 responses to “Getting to The End

  1. Congrats on completing the inital first draft of the book. Now comes the fun-filled part called editing….:D

  2. You should feel proud. Well done. Getting this far is not easy and you did it.

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