Monday, November 11, 2013

End Zone Celebration

Last Tuesday you may have heard some hooting and hollering. That was me. And if I were an NFL football player, I would've received a fine for excessive end zone celebration. You see, I finished a draft of a story I wasn't sure I could finish or would finish or even wanted to finish.

This draft? Oh. My. Gosh. It kicked my butt like no other draft ever before. I didn't even start writing it until about a month after I thought I'd start because I knew it would be a beast. And then, a good ways into the draft, my four-month, unplanned writing furlough arrived because I lost belief in my writing in general.

In addition, this story's conflict didn't end up following any plot notes I'd scribbled, and the ending came at a place I never imagined the ending would be.

So, when I finished this draft, I wanted to clamber to a ship's bow, lean on the railing, clench my manuscript in my fist, and shout, "I'm queen of the world!" (Titanic, anyone?) And I have to say, I still kinda do. Drafting is hard, hard, hard for me. Especially this draft. But . . . I adore revision, so it's blue skies and ocean strolls from here, right?

Yeah, we'll see about that.

22 comments:

  1. Awesome you finished your draft. Drafts are super hard for me too. I love, love revisions way more.

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  2. Whoo, have fun on that ship's railing! Finishing a first draft is super cause for excessive celebrating! =D

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  3. Congratulations on finishing your draft. Especially since you say at one point you weren't even sure you wanted to. I agree that writing the draft is harder than revision. In revision you know what you are working with. I'm working on a draft of a new story now, and so far I'm at the "I'm so excited stage." (I haven't hit the maddening middle yet, you know, that slumpy area where you wonder why you even started it.) But your determination to finish inspires me.

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  4. Congratulations on finishing!! It is so hard to push past the struggles, sometimes. So happy for you!

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  5. I'm totally the opposite! I love drafting, but revisions are really hard for me. Wish we could trade mojo!

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  6. Congratulations! And enjoy the revisions, as it seems you will. (I'm unfortunately in the Lydia Kang camp, so revisions are like going to the dentist...)

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  7. Congratulations, Barbara! Woo hoo! You should totally be shouting from the railing. You deserve it. I had three months of being stuck in the middle, but that's when I turned to other writing (like flash fiction). Like you, I LOVE revision. I love the way the book gradually begins to take shape. That's why it's so hard not to jump right in.

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  8. That's such an amazing feeling and I'm so glad you preserved! And it's funny how one thing is easy for some and miserable for others. I love the first draft. The edits...arghhhh. It feels like limbs being amputated on repeat!

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  9. We must be writing twins. I'm the same way--hate first drafts, but adore editing. Actually, with book #8 that hate of first drafts kind of melted away. I learned how to write crap and be okay with it. Then, when I went back for draft two, it wasn't complete crap. How amazing is that? ;)

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  10. Congrats! It is a great feeling, isn't it?

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  11. Congrats on finishing . . . enjoy the journey from here :-) I just watched Titanic the other night while falling asleep!

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  12. Blue skies and ocean strolls from here, YES!!! lol
    Congratulations!!! You deserve the hurrah of victory. :)

    ~Akoss

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  13. Congratulations! A few months back I finished a very challenging first draft. But I love doing that first round. I think it's about the discovery. However, I'm not fond of revisions.

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  14. You are queen of the world! Congrats on the draft! I hope you took time to celebrate. We need to celebrate each step of the journey, recognize our accomplishments. Otherwise it's too easy to get discouraged!

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  15. Adding more congrats here. Great news and encouraging to the rest of us :-) Enjoy tackling the revisions!

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  16. Congrats! That's awesome, especially since this draft was such a pain for you. Have heaps of fun with your revisions! :D

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  17. You deserve an end zone dance! Good for you :) For some reason, I love drafting, and loathe revision. Wish we could trade!

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  18. Now you have me intrigued.

    Finishing a draft is a HUGE accomplishment. Congrats, Barbara. I hope you went out and "partied". :D

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  19. Congratulations, Barbara. That's so great!

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  20. Congratulations! I wish I would have read your post earlier; I'm so happy for you! I'm sure you are knee-deep in revision right now, hopefully it is going well. :)

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  21. Yay! Congratulations! Finishing a first draft, especially one that doesn't go at all the way you had planned, is always cause for celebration. :o)

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