Friday, April 8, 2011

now what?

What do you do when you finish a project? Do you take a break, crack open a bottle of wine, or get started on some editing?


Here's the thing: I finished my book two days ago, right smack in the middle of my spring break. Hurray, right?
Yes!
Well, kind of.
I immediately wanted to start editing, even though I knew that was against recommendations. But I couldn't not read it. I couldn't not sift through the pages.

(I've heard that we could all technically edit forever but I hope to edit until the point where I know it's great. Not okay, not good. But great.)


So I buried myself in some lovely books at the mall.This moment of completion was supposed to be fireworks-exciting but instead, I was pelted with a surprising sadness. It's going to be difficult to say goodbye to this story and these characters.

So while I knew I would be experiencing an odd mix of emotions, I never thought wistfulness would be one of them.

Has this ever happened to you?





26 comments:

  1. I think one of the most surprising things is not the sadness at having to let go, but how it's so easy to continue planning further plots, even though you know you're not going to novelize them. It took me probably about two years after I wrote my very first book to stop delving back into the characters in my head and start writing more for them. Congrats on finishing your project!

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  2. Unfortunately I dragged writing my first novel's ending out so long the overwhelming feeling when I finished was relief. That, and a smug 'in your face, MS' feeling!

    Congrats on finishing, Saumya, I hope you enjoy your break between writing and editing.
    - Sophia.

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  3. I know what you mean. I expected triumph, trumpets and all that. But, instead, there was just an odd sense of, "Okay. What now?"

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  4. Finishing is a great accomplishment! By all means, celebrate. But give yourself some time before you dig back in. Write a short story, or read those books you found at the mall. Whatever it takes to give yourself a mental break, so you'll be able to revise your MS with fresh eyes. Best of luck!!

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  5. Congratulations on finishing!

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  6. Yup. We sure get attached to our stories! I often wonder if I keep finding ways to make the story better because I don't know how to let go.

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  7. I do the wrong thing - I start in on editing. They said one's work needs some space, but heck - by the time I reach the ending, I don't even remember the beginning!

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  8. I make myself take a break once I'm finished with a MS. I have to have that distance before I can begin editing/revising as I should. I do get a little sad when I'm done though :(

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  9. congratulation for your book.. get it publish soon so that we may get something worthy enough to read :)

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  10. Congrats on finishing the book, Saumya. Yes feeling wistful, sad, with an acute sense of loss, is something that happens to me everytime I finish a book.

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  11. Congrats!
    Once it is published let me know, for I would love to read it.

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  12. Congratulations on getting it finished. But yes, I really know what you mean.

    I hope to take a poll someday of all first-time authors who did trilogies or series as their first project. Some people say it is easier to do a series first but maybe it is so they have more time to let go.

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  13. YAY! Congrats on finishing your novel, Saumya!!!

    Whenever I finish, I always want to dive right in and start editing, too! But for me, my inner editor is much more efficient when I wait at least a few days.

    Good luck and have fun!

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  14. PS) I really really like your blog's new header and look! :)

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  15. Congrats, you have finished the book.

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  16. Congratulations, Saumya! Now kick back and relax for couple of days so that you can take a look at the manuscript with fresh eyes.

    Of course, my post was pretty... because I was inspired by you! :)
    XX

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  17. Oh I know what you mean! I kept reading the last page over and over again, couldn' believe it was actually done! (I might have even cried a little, sssshhhh)

    However, get to spend a lot more time with my characters again soon. I did some revisions, but I kept getting frustrated so I set the book aside until I finish my current WIP, then I plan to go back and finish revisions (I have some great ideas!) Let us know how that revision thing goes! It's a beast, for me :)

    I don't know if you do the passing-on-award thing, but I have an award for you at my blog if you are interested.

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  18. congratulations!!! and well done! and i can understand your feeling of sadness. this is your creation. your making. and now that it's done, it's normal to feel a loss.

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  19. I get melancholy as I wind up a story too. We get so emotionally involved, it just happens. Hope you get some good reading in in the meantime!

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  20. It is exciting to hear that you finished it!!! I usually take a few weeks break, read some good craft books and books in my genre and then get back into it. You will be surprised to find how you feel about it when you take time away.

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  21. I hear you. Wistfulness is definitely one emotion I experience.

    Congrats on finishing!

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  22. I wish I could remember. I know it sounds silly, but I get so wrapped up in what I'm doing that the moment the next project starts I only vaguely know how I felt at certain stages of the last project.

    I should give this more thought . . . lol :)

    Thanks for sharing! D

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  23. Extra comment a week later, I have an award for you over here!
    - Sophia.

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  24. It is sad when you finish! But if it makes you feel any better, the work's never done until you've finished editing and it's out there on the shelves - by which time you'll be so sick of it you'll be ready to say goodbye :-)

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