Fingers crossed…


Having run out of patience with myself last night and stayed up till past midnight to get the last bits done, the third draft of my novel is now winging its way to my agent. Yay!

I hope…

It’s hard to be entirely sure, you see, when these words and worlds and characters you have created have been seeping into every inch of your consciousness as you get deeper and deeper into the manuscript. But I definitely have less reservations about this draft than I did about the others.

I’ve reread the entire thing twice over the past week, each time changing less and less. By last night I was mainly mulling over the effectiveness of a handful of individual words, which is as good a sign as any that it’s time to let it go.

It feels more nerve-wracking this time round. I mean, everyone knows a first draft is meant to be rubbish, right? And with the second one I was experimenting with various things that I knew wouldn’t necessarily work out. But the stakes seem higher now. Which is why my fingers are tightly crossed that this draft reads as well as I think it does.

We shall see.

And in the meantime I have plenty to keep me occupied.

I might even let my mind wander back to that third novel I was getting so excited about before Christmas…

Though I should probably do some laundry first.


Muddled Manuscript

24 thoughts on “Fingers crossed…

  1. Dana

    My fingers are crossed for you! How exciting and nerve wracking. And awesome 🙂 I really need to get going on finishing my draft! The longer I drag it out the harder it is.

  2. Emily Organ

    Very exciting for you! And I know what you mean about the third draft – no excuses this time huh? Nerve wracking. I’m sure your agent will have some suggestions which is a good thing and hopefully it’s ready for the next step.

  3. maddy@writingbubble

    Wow – well done! It’s a big step to actually hit ‘send’ (or to post it off) – I hope you had a congratulatory glass of something! Sounds scary too, but in a good way. I need to do some laundry too *sigh*.but most things in the world are more tempting! Looking forward to hearing what your agent thinks! xx

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