The End

Wow, sometimes it doesn’t feel like reality when you type “The End”.  My novel ended rather abruptly for me yesterday, not that it wasn’t finished, the characters just surprised me by their sudden – yup, we’re done.  A little shy of my projected word count, but it’s only draft one and I have a lot of adding/editing to do.

I’m pretty happy that the story structure is complete, but it didn’t feel the same that it did the first time.  Of course the first story I wrote took nearly 10 years of a page here, a page there…get busy with life, etc.  This novel took less than 6 months, so I think I’m in shock it’s over that quickly.  I know I need to set it aside and let it marinate in my mind for a bit before really shredding it apart and creating draft two.  But I…I’m not really ready to let go of the story yet.  Do you think it’s detrimental to my story if I try to edit it immediately?  I mean, honestly, I’ve gone back and read a scene or two and thought – wait?  I wrote that?  I don’t remember that.

Anyone have any suggestions on attempted the second draft and what works best for you?  I really need to give my hero a lot more back story and inject their motivations and beliefs into it more.  Should I take it side by side with a blank page and rewrite it completely?  Should I print it out, grab a notebook and red pen and just start editing?

2014 is shaping up to be a great year and we’re only a month and a half in!  I can’t wait to see how the rest of the year plays out.  Blessed with the right people in my life, my family, my job and a positive attitude.  How could I not finish my next manuscript and send it in!

Final First Draft Word Count – 52,000    (*60,000 needed)


4 thoughts on “The End

  1. Congrats, that’s an amazing achievement! I can’t tell you what’s best for you for editing and getting a second draft. I printed mine out and went over everything in highlighter and red pen, detailing where I needed more description or where I could fit in more back story or story in general and crossing out what didn’t flow well 🙂

    • Thank you for your comment!! That sounds like a great way to start. I tend to think I have to thoroughly edit as I go. But maybe I’ll try it this way, point out the weaker areas first throughout the book. Then go back and work stronger on those pieces. Thank you!!!

  2. Congrats on finishing your novel! That’s wonderful. I don’t rewrite my second draft completely; I just build (and take away) from the first. I wish you well with your edits. Thanks for stopping by my site. Much appreciated!

    • Thank you!! I have been too worried to pull it out and tear it apart, so I still haven’t gotten back to it. Thought it would be good to step away for a short time, too. But thank you, that might just be the exact advice I needed to not feel like it’s a daunting task – that I don’t have to assume I’ll rip it to shreds. 🙂 Thanks!!

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