The draft of None is done

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I was going to save this until tomorrow when, I hope, I’m a little cheerier.

But, hey, it’s not every day you finish a book. I mean, writing one.

Since the beginning of the year I have implemented a no whining, no complaining, work-only approach to writing. I decided I will no longer sit around watching TV and wait for inspiration to hit me on the head, or to simply “feel like writing”. I’m just writing. Period. Add to that a myriad of stresses family wise, and my inherent ability to escape into writing with the going gets tough, and you make for a rather magic mix (or, as I posited a little while a go, brain worms…).

As a result, in about six weeks, give or take a little, I’ve brought Queen of None from a sprinkled seed of an idea to a full-fledged first draft. It’ll take some work to polish it, but that’s tomorrow’s contemplation.

This time around, I have no wine to celebrate with, and no ice cream. But I have a great deal to be thankful for, including some amazing friends, a beautiful family, and the inspiration to write in the first place. So… thanks. And, cheers.

Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public. – Winston Churchill

  1. Mar 3, 2009 7:53 am

    *applauds wildly* Way to go! On to editing? Or is it done-done?

    • Mar 3, 2009 2:35 pm

      @elizaw

      @elizaw Oh, it’s definitely a draft–but it’s a good draft. I think it’s the strongest draft I’ve written yet, and won’t require a full overhaul. Which is a good thing, since that tends to take longer than the actual writing for me!

  2. Mar 3, 2009 11:40 am

    I am overcome. Seriously, this is awesome.

    Sorry the circumstances surrounding this success are bittersweet, but all will find it’s way in time. Escape if you must, for that art may offer you much more in a future return.

    Congratulations!

    • Mar 3, 2009 2:34 pm

      @Jenn

      @Jenn Thanks so much, hon!

  3. Mar 3, 2009 2:27 pm

    Congrats! Of course now I hate you, well not really. I am a bit jealous though that you’re finished. Enjoy a bit of a break before you get into editing, no need to burn out in zealous desire to finish it entirely. You’ve earned a break.

    • Mar 3, 2009 2:35 pm

      @JL Coburn

      @JL Coburn Take a break? Me? Naaaaah. Okay, maybe a little one. But I have a whole kid-less week ahead, and I’ll be putting it to good use.

  4. Mar 3, 2009 3:12 pm

    A kid-less week? Now I really hate you. Not really but let’s run with it. Wanna come give me a break? Just one day, that should be all the sleep I need.

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