Waiting for "The Call"

“Honey, it’s always crap. Every book I write is crap. It’s my job to fix the crap afterwards,” according to Nora Roberts. Well, I've got it half right. Still working on the "fixing it" part. "Trust your characters to be complex enough and to have enough emotional baggage. Force them to make hard choices." Advice from Michelle Styles that might help!

It’s done! June 20, 2009

Filed under: Writing and Life — Autumn Macarthur @ 10:24 pm


I can’t find a picture to illustrate quiet satisfaction. Not fireworks, not champagne corks popping. Just a quiet sense of “I’ve done it.”

The first draft is finished. More or less. I confess, a little bit of fudging was involved. I wrote the last resolution scene in full, then went back and simply did extended outlines for the one or two chapters that preceed that. But the story is told.

It feels good. Bloody good, actually!

Now the real challenge- editing some sort of coherent story out of the 60,000 word mess I’ve created!


3 Responses to “It’s done!”

  1. Jodie Miller Says:

    Fantastic news Jane! Congratulations!

  2. Eileen Says:


  3. Julie Cohen Says:

    Hooray! Good for you! You must feel great.

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