Finish: (v.) to arrive at or attain the end of; to bring to a desired or required state. (n.) the final part; the conclusion ; Something that completes, concludes, or perfects; Completeness, refinement, or smoothness of execution; polish.
Well it’s finally happened. For the first time in over ten years I have written “The End” on a manuscript. This morning I wrote the final scene for The Outlaw Bride, nearly making myself late for work. I wasn’t lifting my butt from the chair until it was done. When I gave my writing priority two years ago, I couldn’t wait for this day. I didn’t envision it would take all of two years to get here, but since it had been about ten years since I wrote my last book, I suppose it makes sense I wouldn’t be able to just jump back in the proverbial saddle with all my newfound knowledge and whip off a manuscript in record time.
Either way, I’m glad it’s done. There is still the final read through to complete and a quick edit of chapters 23 to 29 to go through with my critiques. But then I’ll set it aside for a couple weeks to give myself a set of fresh eyes for that task. In the interim, I’ll start work on outlining D&B, which I’m really excited about. I love the rush of taking on something new, getting to know these characters and creating their story and their world. It’s like being handed a lump of clay and told to make anything you want out of it, no restrictions, no boundaries, just let your mind go.
In driving to work this morning, I reflected on what the past two years has brought me and I’m amazed by the journey. If someone had told me in the beginning this is what it would be like, I would have been convinced they were off their rocker. I never imagined picking up a whole new group of friends through my RWA chapter and my critique group. I never imagined have a wealth of people just like me, who shared the same mindset, the same goals, the same journey. Suddenly I wasn’t the only one on the path. Suddenly I made sense to someone other than myself. The knowledge gained has been invaluable and given so freely by others it’s created an amazing network of support I had no idea existed until I walked smack into the middle of it. There have been ups and downs, highs and lows, but overall the trip has been more than worth it, and finally, after more years than I care to count, I finally feel that I am on the right (write?) path.
I can hardly wait to see what the next two years bring, and for those of you who have been part of the journey, thanks for being there, you’ve made it entirely worthwhile.