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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Signing the End on a Book Manuscript

Signing the words "the end" on a book manuscript has usually been a magic time for me. After weeks of intense work and dedication, it's fulfilling to accomplish a special goal.

Last Saturday, I typed those words on my latest manuscript, Jungle Jeopardy. I was happy, and I was sad at the same time.

You see, along the way, I fell in love with the characters. I relished the adventure in the jungle. My characters took over the story and wandered off in directions I never imagined when I began writing this book in March. I had a villain at the beginning whom I loved in the end. That was certainly never planned nor was it expected. I even had a jaguar play a major part in the plot.

Imagine that!

It was so much fun that I want to return to the jungles of Central America for more adventures. I want to find my way back into the unexplored Maya ruins. And I want to continue to wonder why I never heard much about the amazing Maya civilization in history classes.

What happens when you complete your manuscript? Are you willing to leave your characters or do you want to keep on going?


The Golden Eagle said...

When I finished the draft I'm rewriting now, I really wanted to keep going. I kept feeling like something else should happen at the end of the book, even though that's where I had planned to stop.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I thought I was done with the first one, but my readers had other ideas. It was nice to continue with Byron though. Congratulations on typing the final words!

Monti said...

Maybe it's a good thing, Eagle, or we'd have 1000 page books all the time! Thanks for your comment.

Alex, I thought of you on this one because you have a continuing character. Nice the readers wanted him to go on!!! Thanks!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monti .. congratulations that you've finished .. maybe there will be more - sounds an interesting future as things pan out.

Have a wonderful 4th July weekend .. Hilary

Michael Di Gesu said...

Congrats on finishing!

I just finished the final edit on my novel, and now it's in the hands of my CP'S... good feedback so far, but I haven' received the crits yet. Something to look forward to.

In both of my novels I have plans for more books my first novel is a series, four more books to come .... EEK!

My second novel will have a sequel.

You book sounds amazing. Keep us posted on publication....