The First Draft is Finished

I am certainly not in first place, but there is a sense of satisfaction as I cross the first of many finish lines!

These last three weeks I have really seen the end in sight.  It has been  difficult yet exalting as I was moving towards finishing my first manuscript.  On one hand, finishing was all that I could think of.   Fear of failure is what I am trying to avoid.

My dreams, day-dreams, thoughts and actions would all circle around this inevitable conclusion.  Of course, I could find a way to write forever, but too what end.  I have had a few days of fantastic writing in the last three weeks.

A few fantastic days of writing  in the last three weeks were seen.  Three of my most productive days were the following;  8,000 words one week ago, another with 5,500 and finally the day that I finished my manuscript, I hit 5,200 words.  It was two in the morning and I was unable to stop until I had finished.  What a relief.

Of course, the endless work doesn’t stop, the next point is transition into editing, getting the chapters worked out well enough and spacing, spelling, and grammar.  It is though a large enough change that it will take a moment to move into something new.  Words and pages are tangible points of ensuring that I was moving forward and I was grateful for it.  I am not sure if pages for editing will be a good manner to pinpoint my success.

I have begun editing the first few chapters and a common theme emerges, there is a lot of changes and some days of writing were definitely better than others.  I am not surprised but I hope that I don’t miss too many theme problem and concept errors.  I will need, at some point, to ask for an outside participant to edit.  I have found an editor that is willing to help.  I am glad and excited.

What kind of problems did you run into once  your manuscript was finished?

How long did it take you to edit your masterpiece?

Fill me in!!

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About earthsdivide

Learning something new can be hard to do. But why not! I love what I do and what I am trying to do. It hasn't been easy but writing is fun to do. To tell a good story takes hard work and a lot of effort, hopefully, I can do both. But if I can't it will still be a great time.
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