A finished novel.
But not yet, I tell myself. I'm saving that damn bottle chilling in the fridge for when I get my first signed contract, or sell my first piece of writing. Anything from a short story or article to a novel. (It will more than likely be a novel as that's what I'm working on most though - I just hope Champagne doesn't go off, I could be waiting a while yet).
So yes, I'm elated! *whoop whoop* *does happy dance* Perfect Isn't An Option is finished, and printed, and waiting in a padded envelope for me to take to the Post Office early tomorrow morning. It will be winging its way by snail mail (not Owl Post) to the RNA New Writers' Scheme.
And the palaver* I've had getting this darn thing printed today! I tell you, it's a relief! (*See Facebook or Twitter)
But I know it's not finished finished. One, because I've already received some feedback through my writing group, and two, I know I will get some feedback from the RNA NWS which will mean another editing session.
It is also sitting around 68,000 words and that is not long enough for a contemporary romance. I need over 70,000 words for the publishers I want to approach. However, I believe the feedback I will receive will help in the increase of wordage. Liz, from my 'underground' writing group (as we jokily call it) has given me some good feedback which certainly would mean expanding the storyline a little.
So can't quite crack the champagne open yet, but I will, however, have a celebratory glass of wine!
And now the exciting stuff, I get to start writing something new. I'm wondering to write my Vampire, but then I do have a fireman... hmmm... Although, hang on a minute, there is that little novel called The Wedding Favour begging for some attention. Oh, yeah.
I'm off to my Mum's with the boys at the end of the week, and spending the last week of the summer holidays with her. I think, knowing how hard it is to concentrate on writing with the kids home, I'm going to take a two week break, use the time to hopefully catch up on some reading, and September, when the kids are back at school, start on my revise and resubmit to the publisher who contacted me in June.
Does that sound like a plan, or does that sound like a plan?
I can still brainstorm my next story.... (I'm eager to write again), right, now where's that glass of wine?
(You know what this means - I've written two, yes TWO, novels now.) *squee*
|celebratory "Magic Mike" picture - yum!|
Congratulations on getting it printed! So glad for you that it's done now! :-)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Annalisa! I really wasn't sure I was going to do that tonight lol! Now gotta print the synopsis. Luckily it's only a page long!Delete
Well done! Another step on the road. :) Keep on keeping on.ReplyDelete
Yes, this is what I have to say to myself. And I'll get there in the end. ;-) Thanks for all your help xDelete
WELL DONE!!! I don't think anybody who does not struggle through the endless days of 'OMG I'm writing rubbish' has any idea of what an achievement this is. And with 2 boys. I didn't start seriously writing until Hannah was 14. You are totally brilliant.ReplyDelete
Ah, thanks so much, Carol. Sometimes, and I'm sure I'm not the only writer, some people just don't take me 'seriously' or don't realise what work I am actually doing, and it involves. So it's nice to read things like this, and have it acknowledged I have actually done something of such a big achievement.Delete
Well done, Sarah! Congratulations on getting it done - I hope your reader loves it.ReplyDelete
lol! Either you thought you were on a different blog, Liz, or it was early in the morning. But I'll take the congratulations as mine ;-) I hope the reader loves it too.Delete
Well done, Teresa! You're one more step closer than you were yesterday!ReplyDelete
They should have received it today.Delete
Yes, hopefully, everyday is closer to my goal. Fingers crossed, eh. I'm sort of relying on becoming a 'paid' writer with everything going on in my life. It would make things perfect for me.
Well done on getting through your draft. Must be a great feeling (and a relief).ReplyDelete
It is, although last night I was a bit twiddly thumb like. I want to start back on The Wedding Favour, but with the kids home, and going to my mum's next week, I didn't know whether it was worth starting anything.Delete
Going to use this time to relax, brainstorm and read my books. I've got a reading challenge I'm sooo behind on this year.