Tuesday, October 14

...and she conquers the beast. (insert roaring crowd here)

Writing a book is like an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster. -Winston Churchill
That's right, kids. Just over 4000 words today, and the book is DONE. It clocked in at just over 60k words, which is about average for the genre, and for me. Less than I expected with the new ending that occurred to me tonight. I was sure I'd be up all night, with the ending I had planned before. This one's better, though. I'm quite happy with it. I'm also shocked--I didn't expect to finish it until near the end of the month. I expected at least another 10k words. It is what it is, though.

Of course, I'm already thinking of little things that need fixed, things that could be added or subtracted here or there. But that's a job for tomorrow. Or maybe I'll actually let myself rest for a day.


Now, though, my happy little writer self is going to get a shower and go to bed. After I do a little happy dance, naturally.



  1. Congratulations! That WAS an all-nighter! Sometimes, those durned plots just won't let you go.

  2. Thanks, Tia! Yeah, this one really grabbed me and held on tight...once I finally figured out just what, exactly, the plot was going to be.

  3. Woo hoo, awesome! Congrats!

  4. Thanks eden & jen! It feels so good, especially coming early...when there were so many times (including, um, Sunday) when I thought it may not happen at all.


If you don't feel that you are possibly on the edge of humiliating yourself, of losing control of the whole thing, then possibly what you are doing isn't very vital. If you don't feel like you are writing somewhat over your head, why do it? If you don't have some doubt of your authority to tell this story, then you are not trying to tell enough. --John Irving