Wow. I’ve Never Felt This Feeling Before

As of 3:42 pm, this very afternoon, I am a novelist. Albeit not a published novelist. But a I-have-completed-a-first-draft-of-a-novel novelist. In fact, it is so far from being something publishable that I’m not sure I’ll ever choose to revise it. But I didn’t give up on it. I finished it. I’d started others. And there they sit, languishing in their files. But not this one. For the first time in my life, I gutted it out and finished the whole story.

Making it publishable it what revision is for, right?

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39 thoughts on “Wow. I’ve Never Felt This Feeling Before

  1. Congratulations! I hope you intend to celebrate, because that is indeed a major accomplishment.

    Revision is its own creature, but you’ve done that which makes revision possible.

    Good on ya!

  2. Wow, that’s incredible! Seriously, so few people actually finish a book they’ve started. Congratulations on your hard work and perserverene. You’re my new role model. πŸ™‚

    1. Ha! No role model here. Who knows if I can do it again? But I’m going to try. I already have an idea for a YA I’m working on. This first draft is going to sit for a while until I can figure out how to make it non-derivative and no longer first draft drivel.

  3. Yay!! Celebrate, and then put that baby aside for a while. When you come back, you’ll appreciate parts of it that are wonderful and be ready to tackle the parts that need work. And one more time…YAY!! Congratulations!

  4. Congratulations! Isn’t it an amazing feeling? And, please, please give yourself the chance to revise. The first I finished a book, I wrote the whole thing in a week (long story, but true!). Last summer, I sent the revised (and revised and revised) manuscript to agents and, while I didn’t get accepted, I got enough compliments that I’m back at it again.

    And, believe me, it was SO not good that first time!

    Go for it.

    1. Thanks. You’ve read a snippet of this one…the Southern boy novel. But I’m gonna put it aside for a while. I’m glad I pushed through and finished. I just needed to know I could do it. Maybe I’ll revise one day.

    1. It’s crazy. It’s a learning process. I hope my next one is a little more polished by the end of the first draft. Not that it won’t need revision. But there were parts on this one where I was just pushing through. It’ll make for lotsofun if I ever revise it. πŸ™‚

  5. Anonymous

    It must feel great!

    It must feel great! I’ve been working on a novel on and off since 2002 and just can’t find the end. Finally, I broke my toe and thought I had found some time to finish it, but my doctor cleared me this week. Hopefully, I’ll finish it soon. Congratulations to you! I know revision is tough. I’ve rewritten my first chapter numerous times, but I think I’ve finally got it.

    Congrats again.

    Chad Sanders

    1. Re: It must feel great!

      Thanks, Chad! Yes, gogogo and finish your novel. I actually realized once I was nearing the end that I knew what I needed to do to revise. It’s like it all came together.

  6. Re: WOOOOHOOooooooOO

    I’m luxuriating in starting a whole new novel while this one sits on the back burner. In fact, I wanted to give up on it so many times so I could start the next one, but then the next one would have been my first finished novel…and I didn’t want that to happen. So I suffered through finishing the first one, so the next one wouldn’t be the first. Ha! Did you get all that? πŸ™‚

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