Monday, April 30, 2012

On finishing...

For those of you who didn't see all my squealing and celebrating on Facebook and Twitter yesterday, I finally typed my two favorite words in Keeper book 2:

The end.
(Yes, I totally cried. Picture the beginning of Romancing the Stone)

Finishing a book is always an emotional experience--for me at least. This is my third time getting to that point, and once again I had that same sense of: I CAN'T BELIEVE I ACTUALLY DID THIS!!!! But this time was especially overwhelming.

Maybe it's because I had to push so hard to get there this time--cranking through a marathon writing weekend (almost 20,000 words in 3 days) and finally finishing after pulling an all-nighter.

Maybe it's because this is my first time writing a draft under contract--and my first sequel--and there was a whole other set of worries and stresses and complications that came with that.

Mostly, I think it's because this book kicked my butt. I know I've said that before, but I don't know if you guys really realize how much this story has broken my brain. It was a serious, serious struggle to get here and there were several times along the way where I worried it wouldn't happen.

So to get to this point and realize that I CAN do this--even when I have to work such long hours, under the extra pressure of a contract and a sequel, with a plot that refused to go the way I thought it needed to go and wouldn't cooperate until I surrendered--is an incredible, incredible thing.

It's NOT perfect. (oh, if you only knew how much work I still have ahead of me before I turn it into my editor next week.) But I did it.

I crossed that first and most important hurdle, and now it's all about polishing and refining (and fine, filling in the spots that say, "scene needed here"). And now that the bones are in place, *hopefully* the rest will go smoother. I guess we'll see as the week progresses.

In the meantime I happily say: take that, Book 2. I have officially ended you! *fist pump*


  1. Congrats Shannon on finishing it. What a huge accomplishment. It makes me really nervous thinking of writing on contract. But you're showing us we can do it.

  2. So proud of you and happy!! I saw what you're hubby gave you. Yummmy!!

  3. Congrats on finishing! I think book 2's are harder to write than book 1's.

  4. I'm just shocked you're old enough to remember Romancing the Stone.

    1. I'm 25, and totally a fan of Romancing the Stone. Some of us know quality cinema. :)

  5. Wahoo! That is an awesome feeling. It's the editing that gets me!

  6. Hooray! That's awesome! And very encouraging for those of us who are also writing our first *under contract* draft and terrified that we won't finish and possibly considering changing our names and joining the French Forign Legion just so we can avoid horrid failure....

    Not that I know anyone like that. I'm just guessing. :)

  7. Congrats! There is no better feeling, that's for sure. :)

  8. Congratulations! So encouraged by your courage. May it be my turn to write The End sooooooon, please, dear God! In the meantime, I'll live vicariously through you. Good luck with the edits!

  9. So proud of you. Congrats. Again.
    And again because you earned it.

  10. Shannon, that is wonderful. CONGRATS!

  11. Shhhhhhhh, Shannon! Don't let it KNOW it kicked your butt! You don't want to give Book 3 any ideas!! ;-)

    Congrats, and best of luck to you in the coming week.


  12. Yay! Congrats - you're going to rock the MG world with these great stories you're creating :)

  13. Congrats, girl! It's a great feeling!

    Last year I did 45,000 words in about 9 days. The last day was 8,000 alone, just pushin' it. Exhausting! Then I added 18,000 more over the next couple of weeks when I did a first revision. ;-)