Etc. – End of Thinking Capacity

Well, I’ve done it.  I’ve finished writing my second novel (or shall I say manuscript, seeing as I have yet to be published?).  Let me rephrase: I have completed this version of my book as much as I can without getting a second opinion.  It may be utter garbage (I hope not; I kind of love it), but if I read it again I will go crazy.  So it’s off to the editor with you, brain-child.

And now for a little re-cap:

I began writing this book over two years ago, but it took me less than a year to write all told (I neglected it for a few solid months).  

In the process, I spent quite a bit of time doing what a writer does best: staring at the wall.  I excuse myself by quoting James Norman Hall: “Loafing is the most productive part of a writer’s life.”

Naturally I struggled with insecurity.  After all, “the worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”  Thank you, Sylvia Plath.

Also writer’s block.  As Terri Guillemets says, “writer's block is a disease for which there is no cure, only respite.

So I stared at the wall some more.

And then I realized I must write, despite it all.  According to Sinclair Lewis, “it is impossible to discourage the real writers – they don’t give a damn what you say.  They are going to write.”  After all, there’s nothing to it.  You just “sit down at a typewriter and open a vein” (Walter Smith).

Once finished (writing, not bleeding to death), I reread the thing over again and the process of review just about killed me.

How to Write: Pinned from Here

 And now I’m going to print it, bind it, and give it to my lovely editor.  Who I know will be kind, even if she must tell me that my novel is a poorly-written first draft with a sorry plot, a pathetic cast, and a pitiful ending.  Thereby saving me from the embarrassment of trying to find an agent for my sorry little mess.

At which point I will begin writing a new book.   It will be “a novel about a beautiful yet sensitive author whose spirit is crushed by her domineering editor.  Do you like it?”   (Shaffer and Barrows.)

Le Sigh.


  1. I think it is pretty cool you have an editor to send your work to. :)

    Congrats on finishing your 2nd novel.

    Have you thought of self publishing (not that I know anything about it :)

    I like that you are keeping your sense of humour about it, 3rd novel sounds good :) T.

  2. yeah! Im so proud of you.
    Im sure your editor will love it and think you did a great job.
    Be proud of yourself.

  3. I use to think that when I finished it would credit a standing ovation, a parade, at the very least a chest bump with some energetic fan. I was so sad it just meant I would get to edit it and revise..only to edit and revise. Then to send it to a harsh cold agent.

    Pretty sure I am leaning toward self publishing these days. I like the control.

    I wish you the best with the your book! Number three...haaa.

  4. Actually it's number two. Number one is on a shelf, waiting to resurface. Number one and a half never made it to the second draft. So this is number two.

    Yes. . . it feels like there should be a standing ovation - it was a lot of work! I'm exhausted.

    Now the truly exhausting part begins.

    I am open to self publishing, for sure.

  5. Oh, I forgot what I wrote about Book Number Three. I just wrote the post and I've already forgotten what I said (a true testament to my exhaustion).

    The quote about the crushed author is from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. One of my favorite books, by far.

  6. This is such exciting news! I love it, and I hope that you keep us all posted :).

  7. Have I told you lately that I'm proud of you? (I meant to, but it may have landed somewhere between Ross' whining, and the glass of mixed-success wine, so it bears repeating)

    And I'm fairly sure your editor will love it.

  8. I'll bribe her! I'll send her the rest of the wine.

  9. Ahhh, the quotes are so good!
    Open a vein...oh boy... :)

    I think you're kind of awesome for writing books. Actually finishing them.

  10. AAAAaaahhh! You finished your novel! Congratulations/I'm jealous! I took a break from staring at the wall for about twenty minutes, and wrote a crappy poem about spotted owls just avoid my novel yesterday. Then I went back to staring at the wall.

  11. Oh. And I love that you titled the post about finishing your magnum opus "Etc. End of thinking Capacity." You're adorable!

  12. i can't even finish reading a book lately, no less write one.

    you're so ahead of the game. :]

  13. Congrats and good luck with it all
    I recently took part in a meme whatever one of those is and wrote 7 things about myself in a blog post at http://gigglingatitall.blogspot.com
    Apparently the "rule" is that I must then tag whatever that means 15 bloggers and ask them to blog post 7 random facts about themselves that readers do not know. So consider yourself tagged and thank you so much for all the lovely comments you leave

  14. Congratulations! And i'm so jealous that you have an editor.


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