Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Time Has Come, The Time Is Now

To Talk of Many Things.


How I finished my novel this morning!!!!


There aren't enough exclamation points in the world to express how excited I am!

Well, there probably are.

But I'm excited.

I mean, there's a TON of work to be done. In fact, I may very well be the proud writer of the shittiest first draft in shitty first draft history. Anne Lamott would be proud of me.

This was my NaNo novel, so as you can imagine, there are about 457 different plot directions. I threw in a 3rd character POV about half-way, when I was hitting a writer's block wall, but she's SO awesome that she needs to be worked in from the beginning.

My world-building is a JOKE!

I can't decide on one mythos!

I can't decide if I want this to be just urban fantasy, just science fiction, or if I want to GENRE BLEND! (probably that.)

But...I love my characters, I love my world, and I had some super BADASS epiphanies while I was writing the last bit. I mean, SUPER badass.

I think that's the best thing about writing--how your mind works out these amazing plot twists right before you get to them and you're like "ZOMG! That's so much better than the crap I came up with when I was trying to plot!"

It's amazing.

So please forgive all my CAPS! I'm just SO EXCITED!

Let's all smoke cigars and celebrate the arrival of a new baby novel in the world!

Oh, and one more thing... I was going to wait until I hit 97 followers (my 2 favorite numbers), but I think finishing a MS is much more deserving of a CONTEST! So stay tuned for details!


Kasie West said...

SO AWESOME!!!! CONGRATS on your new baby!!! It really is the most amazing feeling to finish a book. It sounds like you have yourself a great first draft. It sounds a lot like my first drafts. :) I do love it when my mind works out a plot twist right before I get to it that was way better than I had planned. Those are the best. Congrats again!

amanda h. said...

AMAZING! i really don't know how you do it... so much dedication and awesomeness! i'm smoking my virtual cigar right now to celebrate :)

Patti said...

Awesome news. It's my philosopy that it's better to write crap than nothing at all, so congrats.

Shelley Sly said...

Congratulations!!! I absolutely love that feeling, and I know you must be psyched too!! Isn't that last-minute epiphany the best? Been there. :)

Alexandra Shostak said...

YES! Omg! That is so exciting!! Congratulations.

And also, go genre blending! Love genre blending :)

Natalie Murphy said...

Woohoo!!! Good job =)

Lola Sharp said...

WooHoo! CONGRATS! Raise the roof! Woot!
I'm not up for a virtual cigar, but I WILL totally toast you with a REAL cocktail! Cheers!

And now you know why I don't plot or outline. I love the magic, the organic, freaky things my brain does while my fingers are on the keyboard. Planning Smchmanning.
(actually, I totally admire organized people who plan and outline and plot their novels. I just am not capable.)

This is news full of win and awesome!
Happy Day,

Sarah Ahiers said...

Woo Hoo! Congrats! I hope you did an awesome dance!
Now comes the fun part, making it better.

Unknown said...


I'm so excited for you. I recently felt just as happy as you when I finished my first draft right before the new year. Now I'm in CUH-RAZY editing mode, which is better described as REWRITES! "Hey," I say in the tone of an 8 year old, "I bet my first draft is shittier than your first draft." lol

Good luck with keeping your sanity, that's all I have to say. :D Keep up the momentum!

Jon Paul said...

Summer--CONGRATS! That totally rocks. If I wasn't at work I'd light up right now--but I'll have to wait until later.

Looking forward to the contest too!

Lisa Schlegel said...

Congratulations! That is quite an accomplishment - one I hope to share soon. Until then, I will join you in celebrating!

Unknown said...


I am so close to finishing my novel too that I understand your excitement and let me just say I'm sure we can be partners on the shitties first draft ever!!! Mine's a mess but I love it all, it's beautiful, raw and all me!!!!

Congratulations again! I can't wait to have the same feeling! I'm a few days away I think!!

Summer Frey said...

Woot! Thanks, everyone! I'm still on Cloud Nine!

Christine Danek said...

Way to go! Doesn't it feel so good. Trust me --my first draft is the crappiest. Congrats!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations! Doesn't feel good?

Anne Gallagher said...

Congratulations!!! Fantastic news, you go girl!!!

Anonymous said...

That is awesome!

Unknown said...

Whoo-hoo!!!! That is AWESOME! Summer, your excitement is palpable and contagious -- I can't wait to make a post like this!!!!!

Best of luck revising this bad boy and gearing up for querying!

((hugs)) Nicole

Hannah said...

I'm screaming on the inside right I'm at work, because I'm so excited for you!!!!




and pour a drink down my drain in homage.

sarahjayne smythe said...

Wow. Exciting is right. :) Congrats on the first draft.

Swimmer said...

You are exited!! but it is well earned!!

DL Hammons said...

Boom chucka lucka...Boom chucka lucka!!!

Way to go girl! Yeeeee haaawwwwww!!

Christi Goddard said...

Congrats! Playtime's over. Now the hard work begins: editing.

sarah darlington said...

YAY!!! You're one step closer. :)

Susan Fields said...

Congratulations! There may be a lot of work left to do, but now you've got the raw materials to work with - let the fun begin!

KA said...

Congratulations. I'm sure you wrote some great crap, just like everyone does for their first draft. But it's probably less crappy than you think.

Rebecca T. said...

Isn't that just the BEST feeling in the world! Congratulations! Remember this feeling of elation when you start editing and look at the things that make you go... ugh, what was I THINKING?!

Getting it all out there in some kind of order is SO hard, so good job!

I'll virtually chew a bubble gum cigar for you since I don't smoke :)

*And since I'm always wondering how people find me, I discovered you through my sister, AchingHope and Dangerous With a Pen. And probably some other people as well.

About Me said...

Congrats on finishing the first draft. Sometimes I think the first draft is the hardest one.

I saw on another blog that you'd written a post-apocalyptic novel. Me too! Best of luck with your edits.

Luna said...

WAHOO!!!Cheers to shitty rough drafts! I'm sure it's amazing and will turn out to be as awesome as you hoped. I'm so proud of you, Summer!!!