Wednesday, March 9, 2011

THE END


So yesterday I typed this out, saved it, and forgot to actually post. Oops! Here's yesterday's post, pretend it's still Wednesday for me. :)_____________________________________________________________

The. End.

Aren't those the most magical words a writer can type? The moment I type in those two small words, a giant smile spreads across my face. For me the joy is in the completion. I have now competed two full length novels. The first one produced all those gooey, "I rock" feelings, but this one is so much more. Writing is hard. And frankly, I wasn't sure I had the bandwidth to sustain the writing thing.

Novel two proved to me that I do.

Now of course there are revisions, and I'm a perfectionist so the revisions will not be easy. But for now, I will enjoy the fact that I have completed my second novel.

What have I learned about myself as a writer?

  1. It takes me 3 months to produce a first draft.
  2. I write romance scenes better than action scenes.
  3. With my first I considered myself a punchy sort of writer, but I've learned I'm more of a flowy writer. The punchy stuff was more my trying to force my style into something it wasn't.
  4. Over editing does exist. Voice trumps editing.
  5. I suck at world building, suck at descriptions. So I have to force myself to weave those back in. BUT, I think I'm a pretty strong voice, plot, pacing girl...or maybe that's in my head. Hmm...it could just be the high from finishing. I bet I think I suck in general tomorrow. :)

M.B.

4 comments:

  1. Woo hoo! Nice work and congrats!

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  2. Congratulations on finishing your second novel, wow! You made me think of the movie Romancing The Stone, when Joan was typing the ending of her new work at the beginning of the movie. Her reaction sums it up pretty well!

    Have fun in revisions!!!

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  3. Thanks Sarah and Becky! And Becky, I LOVE Romancing the Stone. I totally forgot she was a writer.:)

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  4. Oh wow, how did I miss this post? CONGRATULATIONS!

    Yeah, I suck too at descriptions. Usually when writing the draft, I don't even try to write that much description anymore. LOL.

    Good luck with your revisions! :)

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