The life of a writer is an interesting one. There are so many hours spent alone, delving in the far-reaches of one's mind, pulling, and sometimes dragging, the inner-most emotions, thoughts, and feelings of oneself to the fore so that the characters come to life on paper. It's a daunting task, but also very fulfilling.

Some days, the writing comes quickly, naturally, flowing smooth and insightful, and I have a hard time getting it all down on paper, or in the computer, fast enough. Then other days, I'm lucky if I can come up with a single line. And even then, the words sometimes end up in the trash.

But when the manuscript is finally finished, there is such a feeling of accomplishment that I can't describe it. And I'm beside myself doing the happy dance in every room of my house. I call my friends, family, and critique group, those who have encouraged me every step of the way. And that's when I realize. I'm not alone in this endeavor. They are all there for me. What would I do without them? I shudder to think. Without their encouragement, ideas, and critiques, the manuscript is just words on paper, not a novel, not a book, not even worth the paper it's written on.

Thanks doesn't seem a big enough word. But here goes, anyway:



Rachel McClellan said...

It really is the best feeling. I finished a novel yesterday. Today I started a new one. LOVE writing.

Scott Niven said...

Looking forward to this feeling when I finish my first novel. I've got 3 books published, but they're all short story collections. Finishing an entire manuscript will feel amazing. Congrats!


Jolene said...

This is beautiful :) Lovely to meet you, and congratulations on finishing your manuscript!

Gwen Stickle said...

Thank you Rachel for your comment. Congrats on finishing one manuscript and starting a new one. How's it coming?

Gwen Stickle said...

What an accomplishment Scott, being published is wonderful. Keep up the good work. Good luck.

Gwen Stickle said...

Thanks for dropping by Jolene, and for your comments.