Thursday, January 10, 2013

Writing "The End"

I finished yesterday!  I finally got to type "The End" on my novel, "Nameless" (which is also called "Unless" since they are one book and I still can't pick the title I like best).  The final word count is 101,393!  It's my longest book to date.  I'm now the proud author of six novels!!

Now, to wait a full two weeks to start editing.  Though I was looking for a short passage to share with you, and I realized that in the first part Dalia goes swimming with Edom and in the second part, she almost drowns because she can't swim.  *FACEPALM* Oh well, that is what revisions are for!  It can wait two weeks. :)

Here's a little snippet to interest your tastebuds:

 She looked at him, studying his face.  “Do you think you’ll ever fall in love and get married, have a few kids?”

Aaron shrugged.  “I’d like to get married and have a little Aaron Junior, but I’m not sure.  I’ve seen a lot of death of little children.  I would fear for my own, but if the world changes and if this massacre ends I’d like to fall in love and get married.  Maybe I’d have a little girl and name her Ariela, after my sister.  Do you wanna marry and have kids?”

“I’m not sure anymore.  When I was a little girl, all I dreamed about was finding my prince and running off.  Sometimes it wasn’t even a prince.  I dreamed about running away with the young boy in the stables.”

Her friend broke out in laughter, grabbing his sides.  Dalia blushed, hanging her head.

“Princess Dalia, you dreamed about running away with a stable boy?  I don’t believe you!” he chuckled.

“It’s true.  His name was Pierre and he was very handsome,” Dalia murmured.

“What happened to him?  Did the flame of your love burn out?”

Dalia’s eyes darkened and she didn’t answer.  “His father insulted my father one day.  Actually it was about me, always being kept inside and a few other things.  His father was killed.  Pierre and his mother left the capital the next day and I never saw them again.”

Aaron put a hand on her shoulder.  “I’m sorry.  I didn’t mean to bring up painful memories.”

“Life is one painful memory buried in another; they can’t be separated anymore.  Anyway, it was a long time ago and I assume he’s still alive.  He was three years old than me.  Pierre is probably married now and has a child or two.  He was very good with the colts.  He had shoulder length blond hair and green eyes, a handsome boy.”

“I bet he’s happy.”  Aaron sat up straight, gently bumping her shoulder.  “I don’t have any old girlfriends, just a string of broken hearts everywhere I go.”

It was Dalia’s turn to laugh hysterically.  “I doubt it!”

“Maybe.  Someday, I’ll have the chance to break a few hearts or at least find a girl who will love me.”


What do you do while waiting to edit a book?  How do you celebrate the completion of a novel? 

I am off to finish reading "Son" by Lois Lowry - so far it is very good! :)


  1. OH MY GOSH, CONGRATS!!! wow, what a word count girl! that's bananas. it was sweet and tender, you have a great writing style. thanks for sharing and can't wait to read it all someday!!

    1. Thank you Tammy! :) It's actually two books I wrote and put together since it is the same story and I don't like sequels. It's epic fantasy, so I am hoping it is a good length. :) *blushes* Thanks! I hope you can read it all someday too!

  2. When I wait to edit, I try writing poetry or short stories. Or maybe get some reading done.

    Congratulations on writing "The End" on your novel! That's always an exciting time!

    1. Good idea! I'm hoping to read "Son" by Lois Lowry and hopefully another book while I'm waiting to edit.

      Thanks! It always feels so good to write those words!

  3. 101k is a good size, much better to handle than my over 200k beast. Like your little snippet, running away with the stableboy ... why not, I say. ^_^

    To answer your question:
    After writing the draft, which can take me around a year to write, I tend to go straight for the edit. Only then will I leave it to stew while I write or do a second edit (or, like I'm doing right now, rewrite) on another story.

  4. Congrats on finishing! Writing "The End" is one of my favourite writing moments. It's a definite feeling of accomplishment!

  5. Congrats on finishing the draft! Good luck with revisions. :-)

  6. Congratulations! Love the excerpt.

    Have fun with the revisions. :)

  7. Hooray!! Congratulations to you! I really enjoyed the excerpt.

    Enjoy your accomplishment and have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Congratulations! That's a fabulous excerpt. I like to give myself some space between finishing the first draft and editing too. Usually I start a new project or do some cleaning.

  9. Love "life is one painful memory buried in another"! Congrats on 100K and your 6th novel. I just finished my #2 and working on finishing #3, then editing. Fun!

    Wishing you all the band many more "The End" moments!