So I'm doing a happy dance because this weekend, I was finally able to type THE END on my current WIP! Woo-hoo! I know that there is editing to be done, scenes to add, threads to plant, and holes to fill, but there's nothing like reaching the end of a rough draft.
As I've mentioned before, I live in a harried state when I'm drafting. My mind is buried in the book, I'm frantic when I hit a wall because I think--is this going to be the one that I can't finish? It's and exciting and creative time, but also pretty stressful for me. This is why I wish I was a plotter--the unknown scares the bejeebers out of me, but alas, no matter how hard I try, my brain doesn't work that way.
And I have the unused scene file to prove it. This book landed at right under 84k (I anticipate it will grow as I revise because there are some scenes I know I need to add), but my cut file--17,000 words. Ugh. More than fifty pages of stuff I can't use because they were scenes that led me in the wrong direction or weren't working. It is what it is. Apparently, this is my process.
Anyway, I'm now jumping into revisions. My awesome beta readers are going over the first three chapters now and the feedback I've gotten back so far has been really positive. So perhaps I haven't totally screwed myself doing the dual timeline structure. *breathes sigh of relief* Although, I'm diligently ignoring the fact that I'm going to have to write a synopsis for something with two timelines, two story trajectories, separate character arcs (for the same characters but at different times). *grabs paper bag, breathes in and out*
What were we talking about again? Right. Unicorns and butterflies and rainbows. Nice, happy positive things.
So, how's your WIP going? What do you do to celebrate when you write THE END? Am I the only one who gets panicked every time I hit a wall, convinced that it's going to be THE wall that kills the story?