Before I began editing on Tuesday, I printed out a page of editing symbols. I was a little nervous at first, but I decided to just relax and take it word by word. So far, I think it’s going pretty well. The first paragraph took my twenty minutes, but after that, everything came together and it’s all I think about. I decided to edit on paper, so when it’s all done, I’ll see if I still like it that way. It’s funny, because when I’m not editing, that’s all I want to be doing! I know that it will take a few weeks to get finished, but when I do, it’s going to be quite a change, one for the better! I know I still have a lot to do and a lot to learn, but I’m ready for the challenge!
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For my 30th birthday, my husband gave me the most special gift ever, my book in hardcover! When I opened it, I immediately got chills. Everything about it was perfect! I looked at him, and then back at the book, not really believing what he had given me. I stood there in amazement as I flipped through the words that I had written and through the book I had finished only nine days before! On the inside left cover, was what the book is about and one the inside right cover, there was my picture and a mini bio about me.
It had all become very clear as to why he pushed me to finish my first book, and I’m so glad he did!
Thank you, honey, for making my dream a reality of “publishing” my first draft…
So, as many of you already know, I finished my book twelve days ago (YAY), but I have yet to fully enjoy or believe that I have achieved such a thing. When I wrote the words “THE END,” I remember thinking “Is it really over?” There weren’t loud cheers, I didn’t dance around the living room and there weren’t even tears…I was exhausted. That night, I went to bed feeling complete, I was happy and I slept pretty well, only because my characters now had their own lives to live. However, the next morning was a complete different story. I woke up with a crick in my neck and my back and neck were so sore, that I could barely move. “My book is horrible! Everything has to be changed,” I told my husband as he got ready for work, and I sat there panicking! He simply hugged me and said, that I’m probably right, but you’ve done it, and have achieved your goal. I hugged him back with a slight chuckle, knowing he was right, and shortly after that, he left. That whole day, I wanted and tried my best to be really proud of myself, to maybe have that really big cry, out of completely joy, and to feel complete. It didn’t happen that day, or the day after. My neck was still sore on Friday and my husband surprised me with my sister who had come in town, and the next night, a surprise party was thrown for my 30th! Several people at the party knew I had finished the book and kept asking me about it, but what could I tell them? I really couldn’t say anything about how excited I was, because I hadn’t experienced any type of emotion.
And still, to this day, I still don’t know what it’s like to have that glorifying moment. My neck and back are still aching, and I’m literally exhausted! It is my first day to get back to any kind of writing since I finished my book, and I’m thankful for allowing myself to take that time off, but I feel like I’m waiting for Mr. Writer’s Block to leave. (Is that a sign to start editing Book #1 and start Book #2?)
Here is an article that I found about the emotional sides after finishing a book.
In the end, I am very happy that I have completed something so wonderful. I mean, how many people can say, “I have written a book!”