Hello, Manuscript I Ditched A Week Ago…

October 6, 2010

As many of you know, I’ve been working on a new novel and I must say, I really like it…except for one thing: the ending. I’ve re-written it three times already and just when I was about to throw in the towel and call it quits, I decided to take a break and work on something else. Back when I had more time on my hands, I used to juggle at least two projects, which I really liked doing because I could switch back and forth whenever I was stuck. So, instead of working on the novel, I’ve been writing a short story and even though I had issues with getting everything into place in such a short amount of space, I love it and can’t wait to write another!

Anyway, the main reason I wrote this post was to discuss how nervous I am to go back to the novel and tackle the ending for the fourth time. So far it’s the longest manuscript I’ve written in terms of word count, which is a major plus for me since I have issues with high word counts, and I actually can’t wait to edit/revise it. I know exactly what I want to add and change and delete! It’s almost thrilling! Haha. But I’m worried I won’t be able to execute everything and make it what I envision. Gah! I can’t be negative! Negativity gets you nowhere.

So, as usual, I have a question for you guys, and this one is mostly for my fellow writers.

How are your projects coming along?
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    Mariam Maarouf
    October 6, 2010 at 11:45 am


    Seriously, don’t stress over the ending. We all know how important it is – even more important than the beginning at times- but if your nerves are taut while you’re writing it, you’ll never make it as perfect as you imagined it to be.

    When I was stuck with Rosie’s ending, I started editing and revising, added what I wanted to add, deleted what I wanted to delete, then when I got to the ending, it flowed. Not so smoothly, but it did.

    About my projects, I have two that I REALLY want to start soon, but school’s been taking way too much of my time since I have my finals [complicated British system and all] next week, so I’ll *hopefully* start them soon. Hopefully.

    Can’t the day be, like, 48-72 hours?

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    October 6, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I like to wait to edit until all my writing is finished as well, but it may help to go back and work on those places you already have in mind. I find that while I’m fixing things and really immersing myself into the story, sometimes the ending just pops right out and dances around.

    I’m a little over half way through writing my current draft. I’ve had a lot of things getting in my way lately and I’m ready to be through!

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    October 6, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I know what this is like. I still haven’t fully edited all my novels from the past 3 NaNoWriMos I participated in, and I’m fairly certain it’s from a fear of failure… that I won’t be able to make the novel what I want it to be, so why even try?

    But, rather than let the fear and negativity control me, I’m working on one right now. Baby steps…!

    You can write this ending, and even if you have to change it AGAIN… it just means it’ll be even better than before!

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    October 6, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    I like working on two projects at the same time as well for the same reason. I’ve got one book done, ready to query as soon as I can write the darn letter and another book in revision mode.

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