Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Final Push

Do you hear that grinding sound?


Listen closer.


Yeah, that.


That's my brain.


I got the rest my beta comments back yesterday and I have some work ahead of me. Nothing too terrible, but it will require more thinking on my part. I know, I know, thinking is kind of a major part of writing...

My instinct is to whine about the extra work but I'm too excited to finish this thing, so while I'd really rather not spend the rest of this week reworking my wip yet again, I will.

Now why is the song We Shall Overcome in my head?

14 comments:

Janna Qualman said...

I think a little whining is allowed. ;)

Melanie Avila said...

No, no, no, no, no. :P

jcaddell said...

I read a comment by a writer (Cant remember who) about the final editing process. He/she said that by the time they had finished, they HATED the sight of their WIP. Even if you are crawling across the finish line, you are still crossing it!

Melanie Avila said...

Jen, I've heard that from a lot of writers. I don't know if I'd say I hate my story, but I'm definitely sick of looking at it.

WendyCinNYC said...

Oh, that's exciting! Whine all you want. I'd let your ideas simmer for a bit before getting back into editing.

Melanie Avila said...

Wendy, a lot of the edits are clarification-type things. For example, I switched my MC from drinking a beer to a coke, but missed it in a couple spots, so I need to fix that. Those are the things I'm going through now.

Fixing the telling... that'll take a little more time but I've already changed a couple spots so I'm feeling more confident.

Nadine said...

Yay! So exciting that you are so close!!

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Nadine!

spyscribbler said...

Good luck, Melanie! :-) I know the feeling. I seem to be having trouble finishing anything. Geeze. It's driving me nuts. I'm getting work done, but I'm not finishing!

EriCan said...

You're that much closer. What a great moment!! I'm thrilled for you that you only have those last little things, then you can start sending those queries out!!! Yay:)

I'm proud of you Mel! Whine all you want.

Robin said...

Let's look at the bright side. You're persevering like a champion. Your book is just getting better and better. You're well on your way to fame and fortune! (You can go get one of those pretty carved mangoes tomorrow as an award.)

Melanie Avila said...

Spy, I do feel like I'm getting somewhere, so at least I'm not too frustrated.

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Erica!

Melanie Avila said...

Robin, that sounds so fricking good right now!