Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A Tiny Authoress Update...

...simply because you've been journeying with me. And while I keep most of my pursuit-of-writerly-success behind the scenes (because, honestly, I feel like that's the professional thing to do), I do like to let you know when I hit a mini-milestone. Especially since you've listened to me, from time to time, emote about this-or-the-other Thing.

This particular Thing happens to be the completion of my current WIP. I wrote the final sentence on Saturday night. Then I spent the next three days reading it.

And...I like it! I'm oddly relieved. I mean, did I think I'd hate it? I know it needs a lot of work. But you all know HOW MUCH I LOVE EDITING! For me, this is where the fun begins.

Not right away, though. I'm setting it aside to finish a halted-in-progress revision of another manuscript. Then I'll dig in with teeth and claws and bleach and scissors and...well, I'll edit.

(Have I mentioned I love editing?)

So, will you celebrate a little bit with me? I'm so thankful I've trained myself to write to a deadline (my self-imposed deadline for this WIP was June 1). It's one thing I'd feared not being able to do. I'm glad to have proven myself wrong!

A sweet friend brought me a 4.5 ounce, artisan-made, chili-and-cinnamon infused dark chocolate heart as a reward for finishing on time. What more could I ask?

Thanks for being part of my journey. Always know that I want you to share your successes with me, too!

42 comments:

  1. Squeeee! Congratulations!

    Celebrate with chocolate.

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  2. Congratulations! That is certainly squee-worthy!

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  3. Huge congratulations! It is indeed to be celebrated. Then revised, cleaned, bleached....

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  4. Good work, princess! I knew you could do it! *big hugs*

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  5. Oh, that is such a glorious, victorious feeling! I'm like you, the editing is where the fun begins.

    Happy pruning! And best wishes with the revision of your other MS ;)

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  6. Yay for you authoress. Reaching a goal is amazing.

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  7. Congratulations on reaching your goal! How nice of your friend to reward you so sweetly. ;-)

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  8. YAY! Congratulations. Enjoy the chocolate.

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  9. *lovemuffins* Oh, marvelous, stupendous, congratulations, madam! *twirls* I'm so glad you posted here, too - I've been called away from twitter of late and have missed all the up-to-the-moment authoress happenings. <3

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  10. Congratulations! Enjoy the well deserved chocolate prize. I'll be sure to have ice cream tonight to celebrate for you.

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  11. Well done. It's important to acknowledge your achievements. Oh, and have good chocolate.

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  12. Be proud of your hard work! Be very proud.

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  13. Congratulations, Authoress!! That's a big step - finishing the WIP *and* writing to deadline. Nicely done. :)

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  14. I LOVE EDITING!! The first draft is great and all (when things click, when the plot just hums along, it's amazing. Awe-inspiring, even.) but I love the revising, the polishing.

    So, congratulations on your draft and have fun ripping it to shreds!

    Chocolate is the bestest of bestest ways to celebrate!

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  15. Congrats! I just started a new WIP, but think I'm going to take your advice and try to set a deadline for myself.

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  16. Oh, congratulations!! I'm inspired now - I've been slacking recently as far as writing goes, and I suppose it's time to jump back into the fray. Good job on meeting your deadline!!

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  17. Congrats, Authoress! You are a writing machine. Good luck with the edits.

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  18. AHHH feels good, right? I love editing most too! Good luck!

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  19. Way to go! I always say, there's no better high than achievement, and it sounds like you're flying. I wish I was as disciplined and not so easily distracted. Ah, well.

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  20. Congrats! Such a great feeling. :)

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  21. Congrats, Authoress! I'm down in the editing trenches right now, too, and, for the first time, enjoying it:) I've learned a lot about revision in the past few months, so I don't hate it so much anymore.

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  22. Congratulations! *throws confetti and hands you a basket of chocolate and cupcakes*

    It's a great idea to set it aside for a couple of days - gives you a fresh read. Have fun editing! :)

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  23. Congrats! I finished mine on Saturday, too. So I'm totally doing a happy dance. I debated about my ending. Went for an 8-mile run and by the time I was finished running, had it all figured out. God I so love when that happens. Anyway, have fun with the editing. I love that, too. I guess that's why I'm an editor, no? (Smiles) Have a super day!

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  24. Congrats!!! That sounds like a helluva chocolate heart!

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  25. Way to go, Authoress! Congratulations.

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  26. Congrats Authoress! Now go enjoy that chocolate :)
    (chili-and-cinnamon infused dark chocolate sounds divine...)

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  27. Yeah!!!!!!!!! Congrats on finishing. That's fantastic!

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  28. Fabulous, Authoress! :D Chocolate and congrats on finishing the draft!

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  29. First, congratulations! Truly.

    As someone on the complete other end of the process (I am still in the preliminary stages of my first novel-length WIP), your success awes and inspires me.

    Thanks for making a difference.

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  30. Congratulations! I love that you made your deadline! :o)

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  31. Blessings and congratulations! I'll take this as inspiration to keep plugging on my own wip, knowing someday I will write THE END. And, dang, where can I find an artisan-made, chili-and-cinnamon infused dark chocolate heart? It might make me finish faster.

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  32. WHOO! Made even better by chocolate at the end.

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  33. Congrats! That's great. I also finished my latest novel June 1 so I know the feeling of satisfaction and the readiness to get to editing =)

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  34. So cool! Congratulations. (I like editing, too, but alas -- I'm at the very start of a novel. Like, still outlining.)

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  35. Congratulations, Authoress!!

    What a wonderful thrill, to go over that final sentence, and love it!

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