Thursday, September 6, 2007


Angie's post was very timely yesterday. It's exactly what I've been doing for the last several days.

The great news is that I finished my manuscript on Saturday!! But I was totally wiped out for the push of the last few weeks. I actually wrote the last 15,000 words in 5 days. And one of those days I wrote over 4,000.

I was worn out. In fact, I'm still recovering! LOL What a great feeling to finish, though. Now that I'm rested, I'm going to print and read through the whole thing. I have to admit that I'm a little scared to do that. I'm afraid it won't be good.

Now, isn't that a crazy thing to say? I know God gave me the idea for this story. (Do you remember me telling about praying desperately on the airplane?)

So I need to get over my perfectionism and move on to the revision stage, knowing that it won't be perfect and that it'll need a lot of work. In fact, I know already that I'll be cutting it some. It ended up being 62,000 words--2,000 too many. (Not to mention that I usually add about 1,000 words while revising and filling in all the bare spots!)

So today I move on. I'm having breakfast with a friend after my class this morning. Then I'll head home and hit "print." I hope you won't hear me groaning, saying, "Did I really write that?!"


Oh! I want to invite you to come to my personal blog on the this Sunday the 9th. Camy Tang will be a guest blogger as part of her blog tour for her first book, Sushi for One? During my refueling weekend, I read her book and loved it!



  1. Refueling is good. Last night a nonwriting friend of mine and I went out to dinner. It was so nice to enjoy her company after what had been a really depressing day.
    Yes, refueling is good for the soul. Do it with Mexican food and it's even better :-)

  2. Yum! Love Mexican food. :) I'm glad you had a nice night out, Mindy.


  3. Missy,
    That's awesome you finished the book so quickly. I did that a long time ago before I had my daughter and could close myself off in a room. I'm hoping that fire comes back.
    Hoooray for you!

  4. My kids surely got tired of hearing me say, "Just a little longer, the book's almost done." :)

    My hubby was really good near the end. He went to pick up my son from school one day for me. And we ate really quickly prepared meals. He also walked around very quietly and tried not to talk to me too much on his day off. LOL


  5. Missy--Congrats! I know the book will read well once you hit that print button. I cant wait to read it!

  6. Congratulations on finishing your book, Missy! Sometimes when I get halfway through my book, I'll regroup my thoughts and replot the rest of the story. Today I replotted and it looks like I'll be about 13,000 words over what I intended to write. I'm still within the target "range" for women's fiction. Funny how we all work differently. When you go back through you add words, while I generally cut words.