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“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Monday, March 25, 2013

Monday Musings: waiting

I finished the first draft of my first ever novel (I've written non-fiction for almost 40 years). Yikes. That makes me feel old. Just like my son turning 40 this past weekend did. How did I get here? Anyway, that's another story. Back to my novel. It has taken four years to get this draft down on paper. Now I'm waiting while two very trusted readers give me some feedback, especially on whether it needs more story. Right now, it's really a novella. I'm not sure if it needs more. I think I'm too close to it. Perhaps, this waiting period will give me some insight. In the meantime, I'm enjoying the peaceful feeling of having completed something extremely difficult.

How about you?
Blessings,
Karen

23 comments:

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Claudia Moser said...

I would love to read it! May I? :)

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

So excited for you, Karen! I remember your talking about when you got inspired with the story. Finishing a novel is a huge accomplishment--congratulations!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Karen .. well done - delighted for you ... a great achievement. I'm doing my A-Z posts .. slow but sure I think is the saying ..

Cheers Hilary

Optimistic Existentialist said...

This is very very exciting Karen!! :)

I hope you had a good weekend!

L.G. Smith said...

Yay! Congrats on getting it all down! Hey, you wrote a novel. :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats, Karen! I knew you could do it.

Karen Walker said...

Claudia, really? Let me get it in better shape first, okay?
Elizabeth, thank you so much. Yes, it is.
Hilary, thanks bunches
Optimistic, it is exciting, and yes, it was a lovely weekend
L.G. Hey, I wrote a novel!
Diane, thanks for your encouragement and support. I guess I can write a synopsis now, as soon as I figure out how to do that.
Karen

Sharon Lippincott said...

Yay! Hooray! Of course you still have lots to do, but getting the entire draft on paper gets you over the highest peak. Revising, editing, proofing -- that can be a challenge and a drag, but compared to getting those tough scenes on the page in the first place, it's way easier!

Whoopee!

Suze said...

A feeling to be savored, Karen.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations! Give it time and I'm sure you'll find a lot you can add.

Karen Walker said...

Sharon, thanks. Your early feedback was extremely valuable and helped me so much
Suze, I am...
Alex, yes, me, too
Karen

Suzanne Furness said...

Well done. Giving it a little time will probably help you go back to it with fresh eyes.

LD Masterson said...

The End. What lovely words.

Even if it's not quite.

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Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Good for you! My hubby was reading over my shoulder, and when he saw what you said about finishing the first draft of your first novel, he said, about me, "You've written ninety-nine drafts of your first novel!" A slight exaggeration, perhaps, but I have edited and rewritten a LOT. But I'm finally preparing to publish it. (WooHOO!) I'll be taking the month off from blogging in April so I can concentrate on doing just that.

Jack said...

Congratulations!!! You should celebrate with chocolate because finishing a novel is never easy. Now you get to sit back....and worry about editing. It seems authors never get to sit back and enjoy a finished project, we always find something to worry over where our book is involved.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

I hope it all comes together for you.

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Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

Congratulations! Most everyone I read about says writing novels is a long, arduous, process so you should be proud. I'm sure your friends will have helpful comments for you. I love to write for children and my family has been so supportive. They always seem to notice something I missed or have constructive comments on what we might add.

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