Guess who finished a novel? - further up and further in

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Guess who finished a novel?

I did! :)

*bounces up and down*

Last night, just after 1 am, the first draft of Reese's Pieces was completed.

This is quoted from my post on NarniaWeb in the Writer's World thread...

And now...

Drumroll please...

I finished my novel.

At 1 a.m. last night, I penned the last word of the story I've been working on since August of last year. It's been seven months of blood, sweat, and tears. And a whole lot of laughs. (Okay, kidding on the blood, sweat, and tears part. Although I'm sure you can agree that writing is hard work. )

It's kind of weird - it didn't feel as amazing as I expected it to. While I love this story, it hasn't caused me a whole lot of trouble, and the whole writing process felt really easy. I have had so many other problems with my other stories that are all sitting around on my hard drive, and they're the cause of the blood, sweat, and tears. So I guess I didn't feel as... victorious as I expected to. I was excited, yes. But I expected to be a lot more so... I don't know, maybe jump around the room or something?

Something did change in me, though. It was at that moment that I felt like a true author. Before, I liked to say "oh yeah, I'm a writer," but didn't have any finished work to show for it. Yes, I know I'm not published yet, and yes, I have a long way to go still before I can be published, but there's something about finishing your first novel. Anyone with me on that?

It's true. I really do feel like a "real" author. I'm still in shock that I've finished a novel. I had kind of given up hope on me being able to finish any story, much less a novel, and yet here I am. Thank you, God!

So, here are some stats:

Title: Reese's Pieces
First word in the story: You.
Last word in the story: Lap.
Length: Two whole notebooks, 141 pages, and approximately 65,000 words.

And just because, would you like to see what my characters wear? :) Click on the link below it and you'll get to see them bigger.







So, are you a writer? If so, have you ever finished a novel? And if so, how did it make you feel? :)

15 comments:

  1. Ahhh how awesome!!! That's so exciting! Congratulations, girl!!! :D

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  2. That's great! I write a lot but I've never had the pleasure of finishing a novel...though I'm hoping to finish one this year (50,000 words so far).

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  3. yayyy!! fantastic job! that is a big accomplishment, I'm so proud of you friend! :)
    the outfits have my vote...very cute =)

    I, on the other hand, do not write well. I see it more as a chore than fun. unless I do it by my choice. yes, I'm the first born and stubborn. sad but true ;P

    congrats once again!

    love your friend,
    Samarah♥

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  4. Congrats my dear!!! That's so awesome...
    my turn! :D

    xx,
    Bleah

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  5. Yay!!!!! That's so awesome!!!!!! I'm so excited for you! :D I know what you mean about expecting jumping around the room. I was surprised to find that finishing a book is just as quiet as...just finishing. But we can still jump around in the blog comments!
    *confetti* *lots and lots of confetti* *and dance music* :D

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  6. *cheers* Congratulations!

    *sigh* Finishing a story is so rewarding. I recently finished one that was pretty easy to write, and I'm almost done with the second book to it (not novel length though), and the whole process is a bit different for each one I guess. Some are "I can't believe it!" and others leave me staring at that last word thinking "It's really over?"

    Congrats again!

    ~ Chy

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  7. Oh, yay!! Congrats on your humongously awesome accomplishment! :)

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  8. Congratulations, Sky! You've finished a novel, and that is quite an accomplishment!

    I do like to write, although I'm not sure if I consider myself a true "writer" yet. It may be due to that fact that I slaved away (yes, the whole blood, sweat, and tears thing) for 2 years on my first big book. In the end, it was 45k words. That was before I ever got into blogging. And it was definitely wwaaaayy before I found out that a novel could be created at 50k. I was young, and little did I know that if my story had stretched its pages with just 5000 more words, I would really have a major project finished. But I didn't know about novels & word counts, and I loved my story the way it was. So to this day, I have decided to keep it at 45k, and one day I'll write my first novel.

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  9. YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!! That's sooooooo exciting!! I'm so happy for you. Are you considering posting an excerpt or something?

    As for me, yeah, I've finished a book before. It was only 123 pages, I did it in August because I didn't have time for NaNo. I've done some others when I was little, it's fun to look back on them now!

    Congratulations! Give yourself a treat!

    Love,
    iGirl

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  10. Woohoo! Congrats, Sky, on such a big accomplishment. =D

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  11. *chants* publish the book publish the book publish the book!! Congratulations, Sky! Ohmylipsglossness that's such a great thing to be proud of. I finished all my ideas for my "14" novel, but I still have a LONG way to go before I finish it. I'm so glad you finished yours!! Yay! :))
    -Jocee <3

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  12. *throws confetti in the air*

    YAYAY KYLIE!!!!!! It's so exciting that you finished the novel!!
    And ha, I adore all of your character's outfits. (: Totally something I could see myself wearing. Well, except for the guys'....'cause that would be weird. ;)

    ~Lily

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  13. Replying to your comment. :) I agree with how you felt. I assumed I'd be off-the-wall crazy excited, but, really, it was just like, "Oh. Well. I'm done. That's...interesting." :)

    How to get your email address attached to your profile: Log into blogger, click on 'edit profile' (underneath your picture), then check 'show my email address' (the third row). At least, I'm pretty sure that's how it works. :)

    Hehe, blobs of goo they are not...if you look at the "dark" parts instead of the light, you realize that it's a horizontal pic of a girl and guy about to kiss. But, seriously, it took me about two months to get that. :)

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  14. That is so exciting. Could you maybe possibly send it to me for critique? I love reading what you write :)

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