September 13, 2013 by Ifeoma Dennis
I finished my first draft early Wednesday morning, after SIX weeks of slogging through it!
And it’s a big deal for me because it’s the SECOND manuscript I’m writing all the way to the end (I mean, the ones I completed as a child don’t count, do they?) and the LONGEST. My first was 85K words and this is almost a 92K. Meaning I outdid myself, and all the monsters that wouldn’t let me be.
It took a long time in coming, I was expecting to be done by last week tops but life got in the way.
Life in the form of my best friend leaving, and we’d quarreled at a point and after we made up, tried to make the best of the time left.
And this made me think of death and why we should show our families and good friends how much they mean to us. Every single day.
Anyway, this is not a post about death or goodbyes but about endings.
I had a hard time deciding if my ending was more difficult than the beginning- but after much self-searching, I decided writing the beginning was tougher.
But my ending was tough to write all the same.
Because it came with a few tough responsibilities hereunder:
1. The responsibility of foreshadowing.
I had to go back to foreshadow all the things, so the ending doesn’t make my (future) readers shake their heads at the oh-the-ridiculousness.
2. The responsibility of worldbuilding.
The ending questioned my world building a great deal. While writing the ending, I came up with extra and particular weapons my characters could use, and also had to go back to reflect that all through the plot. My worldbuilding still needs some work, so I’m drafting out questions that must be answered. My readers don’t have to know everything, but I have to.
3. The responsibility of FINISHING.
At a point, I really hated my book and wanted to dump it all.
But I’m glad I slugged through the craziness that was life and finished.
4: The responsibility of hardwork.
This is still ongoing, as I need to work on my worldbuilding more/proofread it at least once before even sending it out to CPs.
And more changes would still come during revisions after I get feedback from my CPs and have gone through DoT again myself.
So now, I’ll sit back, catch up on the two beautiful manuscripts I’m critiquing and eat a bit of chocolate 😉