Sunday, March 07, 2010

Feeling Like Dr. Frankenstein

You'll have to forgive me if I sound a little loopy. It's 3:30am and I'm awake because I have a cold, cannot breathe, and am feeling giddy from oxygen deprivation. But I just can't help but shout it from the rafters: "It's alive!"

Tonight before I went to bed, I 100-thinged  my way to the end of the novel. It's finished.

Not in the sense that anybody can read it right now, of course. It's about as ready to entertain company as Frankenstein's monster was. But it's a living, breathing thing now--with a fully formed skeleton, and some bits of tendon and muscle holding it together.

Considering how (not) long I've been working on it, I'm beside myself with joy. It took me forever to figure out the middle to How Home Improvement Saved My Marriage, and even though I worked on it pretty constantly for two years, I'm still not happy with how the plot turned out. 900 Miles, on the other hand, has come together so perfectly that I'm still in a state of disbelief. It came from my head. It was my idea. And now I've gotten the whole thing fleshed out somewhere on paper. Just like that. (It's really not as easy as it sounds.)

In my head, I'm thinking, "So this is how it's done... This is why I haven't been able to finish anything before..."

Just like the slog-chronologically-through-your-novel approach wasn't working for me, neither was the choose-your-own-adventure method of plotting. I'm glad I finally figured this out, although it would've been nice if I had come to this realization sooner rather than later. It really helps to have a fully-formed plot before you start writing the book. Funny how I never caught on to that little nugget before.

But better late than never.


  1. Congrats! Writing that last sentence brings a weird sense of happiness, even though you know you have a lot of work to do. Good luck with your story!

  2. very happy for you! and you caught on much more quickly than i did to that little plot gem!

    i like having a basic arch down and letting it happen from there. that way i don't diverge too far (nanowrimo) from my original path.

  3. well done, well done, well done!!! What an amazing feeling it must be (from someone who is still bogged down in the middle of hers!).

  4. Wow - respect!!! I can't imagine even tackling my writing regularly let alone actually finishing it. Congratulations!

  5. congrats! i'm doing the happy dance for you! :-)

  6. Just called in when looking around at blogs and enjoyed hearing about your novel! I finished my first one - 70,000 words - last year but have been unable to find an agent so am starting on my next one and shelving the first one for the time being! It's so competitive out there, but it's such fun writing, isn't it? And great satisfaction when you get to the end!! Good luck! I'll call round again. I'm Diney from by the way.

  7. Hi Diney!
    Thanks for dropping by! Writing is fun, when it goes this well.

    I'm glad I have the basic structure written, but I'll admit, filling it out from here feels a little scary and daunting.

    That's a blog post for another day. :-)


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