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    Done it

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by zaffy, Apr 2, 2011.

    I've finished my book, all 90,000 words give or take a few. Sorry to boast, but I had to tell someone. I have metaphorically shoved it in the draw. So what do I do now? Take up a new hobby maybe?
    I have mixed feelings about the finality and certainly not the euphoria I'd anticipated. Sort of naked.
     
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    Does that include proofreading and editing?

    Once that book is in the submission cycle, you can put more attention towards your other writing projects.

    And congratulations on meeting a major milestone.
     
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    Wahey, well done! :D Go take a walk and breathe in the sweet air of the world - it's never smelled better. :p
     
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    Cogito, you're a hard task master. Of course it doesn't include proof reading and editing. But it does have a beginning, a middle and an end, plus nigh on 90,000 words (never mind the quality, feel the width).

    M the A, thanks.
     
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    congrats, on your first book been complete, does that include editing. But at least that a started, congrats. Are you going to send it off to a published?
     
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    Probably not.
     
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    Congrats - if you are not going to edit it it is an amazing achievment - if you are the real hardwork now begins.
     
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    Oh, why not:)
     
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    What a question! And a milliion reasons
     
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    sorry! I'm sure your a great writer, I'm totally jealous that you have finished a story.All the luck to you:)
    But if you need help, just let me know I or other on the forum will always be here to aid you:)
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    Congrats :D
     
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    Congratulations! It really is a unique feeling to put the finishing paragraph on a labor of love.

    I do know what you mean by feeling naked. You spent a lot of time and effort, poured your heart into getting those words down. You invest so much of yourself in the effort that when you are done, there is an empty spot there, the one that used to be full of the next paragraph, the next page.

    I can't tell you how to fill that, but I can tell you what I did. I started writing again. When I was done, I thought I would take time off, just do other things. It lasted about a day and half, and then I sat down and started the sequel.

    It's like eating chinese food. A couple of hours later, you are hungry again.

    Don't get your hopes up though, it is the same when you finish the second one too. Maybe not as sharp a feeling, but it is still there. Writing gets into your blood.
     
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    I've felt the same way. I was unsure of what to do next, so I shoved the manuscript into the proverbial drawer for two years.

    I wouldn't advise that, but I would take a break (you deserve it...) and then come back to it and think about editing it.

    Well done! :)
     

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