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It’s Official

The last chapter has been line-edited and can now be called done*. It’s official: I’ve written a book.

I’ve also just realized the book needs work. Like work-work. W O R K.

So now that’s official too: I haven’t written a good enough book yet.

I sort of want to cry at the fact that it doesn’t come out perfect at the get-go. I mean, hello! Can’t my fingers control what they’re typing??? Anyway, tomorrow’s a new day. It’s time to turn on those track changes, hack up the novel to pieces, and see how I can get it into shape. Wish me luck. Please.

Btw, I’m so over my target word count it’s like I threw an extra novella in there for fun or something.

*Excluding the final sentence of that final chapter. For now I think it says BLAH BLAH BLAH END SOMEHOW. Remind me to fix that before any important publishing people read it!

8 thoughts on “It’s Official

  1. Ha, Nova! It’s not work! It’s ART!

    Congrats on finishing the book, though. That is something to celebrate!

    (Oh, and I like the ending. Though it sounds remarkably similar to mine. Weird.)

  2. Congrats! It does feel awesome, doesn’t it? Mandy Hubbard had a question on her facebook the other day about whether or not authors type “The End” when they’re done. That, for me, is one of the most satisfying parts!

  3. Congratulations, Nova! Finishing a first draft is such a wonderful moment, even if deep inside you know it’s not perfect and you’re going to have to do a whole bunch of work to it. My advice? Take a few days to kick back, breathe again, perhaps have a glass of wine or two, listen to some good music…and let the novel marinate a little bit. Let the novel think about how it’s going to have to step up to the plate for the second draft. I never regret those spaces between drafts. It’s often when my mind figures out how to fix what’s already there. Brrrreeeeeeathe deep! You’ve accomplished soooo much! You’re an inspiration.

  4. Hey, congrats, you made it!!!! At least now you can move on to the next step and know you got this far. Good luck!

    My last sentence looks strangely like yours. =)

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