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A. Mason Carpenter from USA is reading The Power of Myth, by Joseph Campbell October 11, 2011 - 11:30pm

I just finished the first draft of my first novel.  Why did no one tell me how wonderful that feels?  I am floored.  I know I have my work cut out for me, with editing and polishing, but I really feel like I am on the downhill side of creating this work.  Such a great feeling.

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts October 11, 2011 - 11:37pm


I really feel like I am on the downhill side of creating this work.

 

Let me know how you feel right before you start the second draft, that's when my feelings are the exact opposite of those you described, on any length of work whatsoever. That's when I'm screaming NOOOO I thought I was done with you!!

But yeah, that feeling of getting something out and every word you read back sings its own special tune, that is pretty cool.

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Nav Persona from Purgatory is reading The Babayaga October 11, 2011 - 11:42pm

w0oT! Congratulations. The easy part is over, lol. Not really, I'm just being typically facetious.

I wish you the best on the editing/revising! May you have all the pie you desire :)

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lynx_child from Seattle is reading The Dresden Files series October 11, 2011 - 11:43pm

Envious!  I never technically finished my first draft.  I stopped the first draft halfway through the last chapter and moved onto the second draft.  Maybe once I get through the second draft I'll get that feeling.

Congratulations on a complete first draft!

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. October 12, 2011 - 12:12am

Congratulations! I too am jealous, its taking me forever to finish my first novel. 

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Dr. Gonzo from Manchester, UK is reading Blood Meridian October 12, 2011 - 6:32am

Enjoy the editing.  That where the magic happens for me.

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Waterhouse from Columbus is reading Bullet Park, John Cheever October 12, 2011 - 8:10am

Congratulations, and break a leg with it.

Though my feelings reflect Renfield's above; before I dig in I think "But I just wrote this story!" and I have to remind myself "No, you wrote a shit version of this story, now write a good one."

 

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moleskine from Virginia is reading The Booked. Anthology, edited by Pela Via October 12, 2011 - 3:20pm

Congrats! I am so jealous. I've been trying to shit out the same lump of coal for the past six years.

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A. Mason Carpenter from USA is reading The Power of Myth, by Joseph Campbell October 12, 2011 - 5:23pm

Yesterday, elated.  Today, editing kills me.  It seems to take more concentration than actual writing, and my housemate has a bad habit of narrating her every thought to me, as if an obligation of nearness is constant verbal discourse.  She knows I am trying to edit, but can't seem to stop.  It has even caused me to bitch about it to strangers on forums.

Okay, enough.  Commas.  Their usage evades me.  Feel free to make fun of my commas.  It isn't bad grammar, it's jazz.  Also finding my share of "invisible errors" such as when you write "the" when you meant to write "they," that sort of thing.  Also, I am finding that my verb tenses may be trapped in a temporal vortex, time traveling violently in a single paragraph.

On the upside, I am enjoying reading my novel, I've been much too busy writing it sit down and read it.  Thanks, everyone for the encouragement.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books October 12, 2011 - 6:39pm

Good luck! I have a few finished firsts that I have never attempted to do rewrites on and one I am trying hard to barrel through and finish. I've promised myself this one will be the one I rewrite and submit. Hopefully the rest follow.

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Waterhouse from Columbus is reading Bullet Park, John Cheever October 12, 2011 - 8:43pm

Just curious- how long do the others around here wait to start a revised draft? I tend to let it cool for three to five days, maybe a week before I start editing and revising,

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A. Mason Carpenter from USA is reading The Power of Myth, by Joseph Campbell October 12, 2011 - 10:02pm

@Waterhouse: I don't wait at all.  This project really wants to be finished and out there for others to read.  Since I am going the full indie route, all delays are entirely my fault.  I guess I am letting this novel push me around.

I found over twenty different rules for the usage of commas, today.  Grammar is a harsh mistress.

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Dr. Gonzo from Manchester, UK is reading Blood Meridian October 13, 2011 - 1:33am

@Waterhouse:  If it's a short--depending how long it took me to write--maybe a couple of days.  A novel, a couple of months.

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simon morris from Originally, Philadelphia, PA; presently Miami Beach, FL is reading This Body of Death, by Elizabeth George October 19, 2011 - 5:12am

I have learned to edit and revise on the fly so that by the time I have a first draft, it has already experienced serious revisions. I complete a chapter and then spend time revising it while writing the next chapter. Is this difficult? You will have to ask the 2 psychiatrists who keep me medicated through the process. Just kidding. It is only one psychiatrist. Just kidding again. It is just that for months at a time, my wife won't talk to me. Still kidding. She is a published writer too so there is no conflict.

My best skill is to take my writing seriously but never take myself seriously. That way, I have remained relatively sane through the process of getting published. I remain restless because what I got published was nonfiction while all this time, I have wanted to assay a novel. That is the process I am here to begin, perhaps with transitions between the writing worlds first and then short stories and then ...

I like what I see here and I hope that your skills and perceptions will help me cross that bridge and I hope that what little knowledge I possess may serve of some value to some of you as well.

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words October 19, 2011 - 5:27am

I have to write the entire rough draft (not chronologically) or the thing never gets finished. I note down changes that occur to me, but deal with those during the first edit.

Got some great advice on writing/editing, as they both require very different thought processes. Sit in one particular seat when you're writing, sit in another when you're editing. If you have to edit when you're writing, then change seats. It's an effective way to keep yourself in the right head space.

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words October 19, 2011 - 5:27am

@waterhouse - congratulations by the way - that's awesome.

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind October 19, 2011 - 12:54pm

Congratulations! Editing can be maddening. The important thing is to never ever think what you wrote sucks. I've gone back to edit after finishing an act, found my writing unbearable, and started all over again. Editting is scary business.

I imagine when I finish this manuscript I've been abusing, I'll give it a few weeks and outline my next story. Then I'd edit while I read the draft over, make the changes, read it over again and send it off to a few friends to get their opinions, all the while starting the next book.