Monday, November 07, 2011
KICK START MONDAY: The End
How good it feels to write "The End" on a manuscript! That's what I did last week after 320 pages, and it was awesome. The manuscript is now in the capable hands of my indispensable crit partner who will surely give me some very cool suggestions for improvement, but I'm definitely seeing the end of the tunnel on this one.
So much so that I'm now turning a fresh page and plotting a new short story. I need to write a short story after being done with a 90k manuscript. It will give me a break from heavy plotting while still keeping me in the game. The story has not come to me fully yet, but I keep getting images that snap like slow revelations in my brain. I think that if I don't force things, the answer will knock on my door soon. In the next couple of days, I hope! Besides, I also got some nifty ideas for a story I had started and shelved some time ago.
Finishing a novel is always a bittersweet experience for me. First, there is the feeling of accomplishment. Then come the doubts - does the plot hold water? Is the GMC (goal-motivation-conflict) of the characters tight enough? Did I tie up all the loose ends? Are there any glaring plot and personality holes? Could I have come up with more twists? But at the end, after rereading the whole thing, I always feel that special bond with the story that carried me through while I was writing it. And I'm happy.
So, it can be a little weird to let go of those characters and get to know some new ones. It's like abandoning an old lifestyle or starting a new life. However, it's always an exciting experience, one I enjoy thoroughly. It helps me remember why I write. Because there is so much truth in Truman Capote's words, "To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music the words make." The stories come and go, they have a beginning and an end, but the magic that poured them on paper is infinite. Such a rush!
Wish me luck this week, then, while I iron out this new tale. One think I know, though, is that I'm going to have fun!
And don't forget to check this Wednesday's interview with author, Maddie James.
Until next time, live well and love deeply!
~ Angela ~
No Rules. No Formulas. Just Love. "Mile High to Heaven" and "Mr. & Mrs. Foster" available at Whiskey Creek Press Torrid.