Big woots all round – I finished my story! Yep, now have 48k of…dross probably. πŸ™‚ Got bogged down in the last third and I’m hoping it’s not going to be as bad as I think. Dr Jax says I’m over-thinking the conflict. He’s probably right. But won’t know until I see what I’ve written.

One thing’s for sure, already stuff has changed from the synopsis. Not the big things but some of the small plot points. Just goes to show how things can change once you’ve completed a manuscript. I guess that’s why everyone says to sub the partial only once you’ve finished writing the whole thing. Not that I’ve ever done that! Maybe that’s why I haven’t had anything accepted yet! πŸ™‚

Anyway, the most certain thing about it is that I am going to have to do a lot of editing. If the initial draft is 48k it means that the polished ms will almost certainly be longer. Especially since I only kind of sketched the ending. Lots of work. Maybe I’ll be so busy with editing it that I won’t stress about the synopsis currently living in London. And considering the number of entries for the Presents competition, I suspect it will be living there for some time to come.

In the meantime, I have joined the Romance Writers of Australia in the hope of entering this baby into the Emerald Award. I know, I kind of went off contests but they sure give you something to do while you wait. Am even considering this one for the RWNZ Clendon award too.

Right, that’s the end of my insights for the day. Having one’s four year old daughter wake up in the middle of the night twice is not conduicive to thinking about writing sadly. What’s everyone else up to?

27 thoughts on “Finished”

  1. Am I right? The 48k is your NaNo book? Flippin’ eck’ if it is are you superwoman? 48k in 13 days – and a baby to look after to boot. Mind blowing. HM&B don’t know what they are missing – you could give Kate Hardy a run for her money on the productivity stakes! lol. Take care. Caroline x

  2. Wow! Quick work, lady!!

    I myself just finished polishing the MS with the prologue on my blog and I’m feeling pretty good about it. Feeling much the same as you about my sub un Richmond…544 entries? I may here back after the New Year. Gah.

    Being the straightlaced little miss that I am, I subbed on a completed MS. Of course, with all the revisions and rewrite that was eventually done in it, it doesn’t much resemble what was in the synopsis!!

    Best of luck with your polishing. Keep us posted. If you need extra eyes I’m always willing!!

  3. Welcome to the RWAus light!! Will you join the eloop with us too?
    Great going on the Emmy – love the Emmy…. not sure we need extra competition though!
    Great going on the words. I’m at about 44k of my approx 60k and the end seems a LONG way away!

  4. Becca – my feelings exactly on the competition for the Emmy… but as I encouraged our lovely Jackie to join, I guess I can’t complain!

    Wohoo on your speedy writing Jackie!!


  5. Oooh, Amy, thanks. I shall bask.

    Maisey, good for you. It was a great prologue. Let’s hope they don’t take too long with the considering eh? Oh and thanks for the offer of eyes, could always use some fresh ones. πŸ˜‰

    Becca, don’t know about me being competition. Didn’t you come 2nd in the last one?? πŸ™‚

    Rach, me and comps don’t do so well (forget FTH), so don’t worry!

  6. Well done! I’m with Becca and Rach on the extra comp – it’s not needed!

    Seriously, well done. I know what you mean re the edited draft being longer – mine went from 47 to almost 52, more than a chapter…

  7. Awed by the figures πŸ˜‰ 48K, 52K etc.
    A newbie into the “world of writing”, I always try to pack it all within 12-15K πŸ™‚ bordering near 12 of course πŸ˜‰

    Great going Jax.. ! Keep it up πŸ˜€

  8. Congrats on finishing the first draft, Jackie! Geez, you’re a fast writer. Can you blow some of your magic dust my way?

    The writing on my ms has stalled, and it has been difficult to get back into it given the day job and the heat in Melbourne recently.

    Good luck with the comps.

  9. Thanks Ju! It may sound a lot but then I’ve never been able to write short. It’s an art I never mastered.

    Angie – magic dust coming your way! Yes, well, the only reason I wrote it so quickly was due to Nano. Oh and the fact that THIS is my day job. For which I have yet to be paid. πŸ˜‰ One day…

  10. One day soon I suspect. If your poor fingers aren’t worn down to stumps that is! Have a relaxing weekend, I think you’ve earned it πŸ™‚

  11. LOL. It’s my day job too, Jackie. Other than raising kidlings, of course. It does help make things go faster when it’s you and the compy all day!!

  12. Wow,

    Congrats on finishing. I’m going to keep a close watch on how long it’ll be before you say you’re done revising. I need some inspiration.

  13. Congrats!! That’s so awesome! I’m not exactly a fast writer; I like to edit too much while I’m writing. Then I still need to edit at the end. When I finish my current revisions, I think I’m going to try and write something the fast and furious way and see how it turns out!

    And what is dross? I’m an aussie living in the US but these kiwi expressions sound like a foreign language :).

  14. Kaily, I can recommend fast and furious. Turning off the internal editor is great – certainly gets things finished. Yes, you do have plenty of mess to clean up but at least there’s direction!
    As to dross, don’t think it’s particularly Kiwi, but it means rubbish basically. πŸ™‚

  15. Hmmmm…that WOULD help things go faster. I have my rugrats at home with me all day. Oldest is 3 1/2 youngest is nearly 2 (both in diapers) and no. 3 is due in January, so I have my hands full!

    I am envious of your uninterrupted writing time! I myself have learned to write with children (quite literally) hanging off my arm.

  16. Maisey, I take my hat off to you. Three kids (well nearly 3!) under 5 would be enough to kill of anyone’s muse but go you for still writing! I think after my first was born I didn’t do any writing for at least a year! Hence the fact I’ve done my dash with only 2 kids. πŸ˜‰

  17. I didn’t start writing seriously until after the birth of my second. I know no other way.

    I didn’t know what I wanted to write until, when I was preggy with number two, I picked up my first romance. A Presents. πŸ˜€

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