Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Finishing My Novel Today!

I have hemmed and hawed about this stupid novel for too long. I'd hoped to finish it before Thanksgiving, and yet I am still at least two pages from being finished. It's going to take at least ten to finish the thing the way I want, but I'm carving out the whole morning and early afternoon to do it, no matter what. I'm taking my kids to school in about an hour, driving home, and sitting here until this thing is DONE.

I have so many other projects I want to start on, monologues for contests, plays destined for staged readings in the near future, another novel, a revision of my third novel so that I can enter it in the Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Contest, and so on. Plus, I have a huge canvas ready so that I can paint a painting for Crystal's new decorating ideas in her room. And I have two novels by other authors that I need to be reading soon (is yours almost ready, Rocket?). All of these things are waiting for this revision to get done, and I'm antsy because I'm not doing it.

So, here it is, the ultimatum: 

You won't see me here tomorrow--and I won't even allow myself to comment on any of your blogs--unless my novel is done. End of story. 

I will do everything possible to be here, but if I'm not, know that I am working hard to finish this %&$#)@ novel revision. 


  1. I'll have a first draft finished this week. You want it when I'm done. Note that it's a FIRST DRAFT. And NOT YA.

  2. Dude, I know it isn't YA. When has that stopped me from reading?

    And you know what this means. It means I'm already DONE WITH THE REVISION!!!!! Yes, really, all it took was a little determination!

    Let me know when you want me to send it to you. Remember, though, that it's (edgy) YA. If the first few chapters don't float your boat, the rest won't.

    But I'm done! Hurray! Now I need a drink!

  3. Send it to me Monday. I'm going out of town this weekend and I'll have plenty of time to look it over the next two weeks.

  4. Wow Congrats...

    Sounds like you have a full plate.

    Time for me to step up my effort to finish my book or at least work at it every day even if it is only for an 1 hr...

    Thx For the inspiration. Hearing your stories of getting done has helped me see the light.

  5. Are they ever finished? Whitman revised Leaves of Grass 16 times. Fitzgerald was correcting and changing copy right up until the day the first print run was about to go.

    But finish it damn it finish!

  6. Woo! Congratulations! That's a lot of work, and a great accomplishment!