Saturday, January 14, 2012

The End

At 3:00 a.m. this morning, I finished the first draft of Into the Grey, a novel that has been the most difficult one to write so far. As always, I felt a huge sense of relief, a bit of sadness, and more than a bit of elation. As it's a first draft, it's rough around the edges, but as I've said many times before, first drafts are for story; second drafts are for pretty.

I've also mentioned that I am a wing-it sort of writer. With this novel, the ending threw me for a complete loop. I was totally not expecting what happened. I was grinning and grimacing the entire time I was frantically typing out the words. As it turns out, it is a much better ending than the one I'd envisioned. I'm glad the characters steered me in the right direction.

Now I'm sitting here with coffee in hand, a good night's sleep behind me, and I feel that funny little post-novel let down. I've been so wrapped up in the characters and now I have to leave their world behind. But it's a good thing and in a few months, when it's time to reread and edit, I'll get to hang out with them again for a time.

I'll be focusing on short fiction for a few weeks, and then I'll start the first draft of another novel. Hopefully that one won't be such a brat.

6 comments:

Indigo said...

Congratulations sweet friend. In another week or so I'm delving back into my last WIP for edits. There is nothing quite like the story process, you're left with a satisfied melancholy when the end is in sight. (Hugs)Indigo

Damien Walters Grintalis said...

Thank you, Indigo! Hugs and best of luck to you with your WIP.

AnthonyJRapino said...

Congrats! I know what you mean, getting that first draft of a novel done is a weird happy/sad moment. I hope you churn out some great stories in the interval.

Damien Walters Grintalis said...

Thank you, Tony! It's such a strange feeling, isn't it?

JennaQuentin said...

Ah the joy of rereading and editing? As a sort-of-winger, I wonder, do you have a lot of rewriting to do? A lot of adding to the beginning what you found out by the end?

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Damien Walters Grintalis said...

Jenna, yes, I usually do have to add quite a bit, because I learn more about the characters as I go. But I also keep a separate notes document and when things arise that I feel should be added in, I write them down.