Today, I achieved something great. I typed “The End” on the first draft of a manuscript. Just to be clear, this is not my memoir that I am talking about. In fact, one of the main reasons I didn’t want to begin writing my memoir is because I was still working on this novel, which is the first book of a trilogy.
What is amazing about this novel is that I had not only applied all the lessons I learned throughout my journey in writing to it, but also that it echoed with the tension, drama, and emotions from my personal life, upbringing, societal background, and current situation. It is one of the projects that lingered in my head for a long time before I started it. It grew inside me and consumed the nutrients in my brain, just like a child would. And when it was ready to emerge, it put me through a long and tedious labor. But the result was worth it. And even though it’s going to take a lot of editing and polishing before it’s ready to be presented to people, I know that a large weight was lifted off my shoulders.
There is a strange feeling I have about this novel. I was actually happier when I finished this book than I was when I finished writing my first novel back in March. Mainly, I believe this happened because I got more involved emotionally with this project.
My life lately was filled with turmoil and agony. But I always told myself that I cannot make excuses when it comes to writing, that’s not what professionals do. No matter what happens in my life, I sit on my computer and type word after word, pouring my heart on the blank paper, smudging those emotions with my hands and soiling my face with them.
The first book I wrote still sits in my virtual drawer, waiting for me to find the will to edit it. However, this book will not miss me for too long. This is a book I want to polish to perfection. It’s a book I would be proud to present to an agent and, most importantly, a reader. Here I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of those who have been following my journey. You give me so much strength and your support means the world.
Now, I’m off to have a glass of celebratory wine. Cheers 🙂
30 thoughts on “The End”
Congratulations, Margaret. Sounds intriguing, I’d love to read it!
That’s one of the best feelings in the world. Congrats and have a drink on me as well. Thank you for stopping by our blog.
Congratulations! This is wonderful.
My goodness, what a wonderful accomplishment – I’m so happy you’re proud of this book! “The End” is perhaps one of the best phrases in the world… after, of course, “once upon a time”. 😉 Cheers to you! xx
Cheers to you and a HUGE congratulations. I’ve still yet to savour that moment.
‘The End’ is something I so rarely get to write! Congratulations on your efforts. A real achievement.
So Celebrate, my Dear Margaret! You deserve it, after all that effort! Kudos! Keep it Up! Love and Regards too. 🙂
A toast to you, Margaret! Congratulations.
Excellent! Congratulations, Margaret. 🙂
I am proud of you. It is not easy facing the challenges of life especially at the level you have to. But you have determined to continue moving forward anyway. That, most of all, is the most impressive to me and should be commended. Congratulations.
Congratulations and cheers to you too 🙂
A huge accomplishment, Margaret! Congratulations!
Congratulations! It is always such a relief to have that mental space a novel consumes back–until it takes it over again in the editing. 🙂 I’m very happy for you. Writing multiple projects at once can’t be easy.
Now forget it for a month before editing with fresh eyes.
Congratulations!!! It’s the best feeling in the world, isn’t it?
Congrats!!! That is an awesome accomplishment. I wrote my first book back in the late 80s but never had it published, lost the will to publish it and eventually scrapped it altogether – haha! Now, with the prospect looming before me again, I am unsure where to start again. But you!! Two novels in a year? Very impressive! The end. xx Mother Hen
Congrats! It’s always a great feeling to close the door on any project… time to celebrate!
Congrats. Those two little words are always a milestone.
Congratulations. Endings are beginnings. Celebrate the new beginning.
Huzzah. A wonderful moment. Enjoy it fully. 🙂
Congrats Margaret, I am very happy to hear about your progress. I look forward to reading your novel in a future time when you are ready to release it. Have a great day my friend.
Congratulations! Finishing the draft must feel so good! 🙂