Monday, February 6, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

The First The End

So I got to The End once but didn't do a good job saving but this time I did and it counts.
YAY!  Saving is smart and keeps the crazies away...for a little bit at least.  So yeah, I've reached the first The End for MINGLED.  I have to confess.  I did something that got me to the end quickly with this one.  I actually didn't give in to every single time my Inner Editor shouted to go back and re-read everything every single day to fix things that needed fixing.  Because I know there's a lot of fixing needed.  I also worked on my query - still working to make it better - which helped to make sure what I wrote turned out to be what I SAID I wrote. :-)
MINGLED - 56,890 word count.
After my Inner Critic whopped on my like I'd handed her day old bread after explicitly telling me she wanted it fresh from the deli, I've decided to follow some sage advice offered on my recent IWSG post and take a few days from this MS.  When I return to it, I'll be ready with a couple of things in my writing armory:  Finding Your Story Worth Problem, a wonderful post by Charity Bradford, and How to Write Better, a post by Elana Johnson, author of Possession and the soon-to-be-released-sequel, Surrender.  If you haven't had a chance to check these posts out, you just might want to make a stop.  You'll find some great tips.

I have some February 2012 goals for #writemotivation:
1: Complete first draft of MINGLED and continue first draft of UNCOMMON
2: Post 3 blogs a week
3: Read 3 books
4: Comment to other blogs, at least 20 to 25 a week
These are a bit more in alignment with what I know I can do, adding a third book to read as a challenge.  I've gotten a great start with a heart breaking short story called Born of Fire by Heather McCorkle.  Yes, I cried. I couldn't help it.  It was such an emotional ride.  I've also started Everneath by Brodi Ashton.  Once again, book cover envy has me drooling.  But I'm keeping a safe distance from my keyboard lol!!!  You can check the cover out in my sidebar.  Or just enjoy this trailer:

I'm looking to Cinder or Incarnate for my next fix for my 2012 YA/MG Debut author reading challenge.

So what do you do when you take a day or two from a current WiP?

44 comments:

Cristina said...

wow! congrats. awesome awesome.. . I have a really hard time ignoring my inner editor and so it's taking me FOREVER to get to The End. so annoying!

Miranda Hardy said...

Congrats on getting to the "first" end of mingled. Like how you worded that. You have great goals for the month.

I read a lot in between writing. Some days I feel only like reading and other days it's all writing.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats to getting to the end. I tend to read more like you and of course read blogs.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on the end!
I confess I play a lot of computer games while waiting.

Angelina Rain said...

Congrats on the end! Don't you just love that feeling?!

K.T. Hanna said...

I'm so proud of you :D Well done! And I know you can make those goals in Feb :D

Angela Brown said...

Oh goodness. Me and my Inner Editor had our first real bouts during NaNoWriMo. I seriously had to bind and gag her and throw her in the closet multiple times. I think she's understanding now that we don't have to fight, but she's still a terrible backseat writer.

Angela Brown said...

Hmm...reading sounds WONDERFUL. And thanks to everyone. This "first" end was great to get to. It's gotten me excited about making it to the next one.

Angela Brown said...

I think I'll have a chance to read and comment to even more blogs during this brief little break.

Angela Brown said...

Alex, the gamer. Well, you do what makes you feel good and that's what's important.

Angela Brown said...

Angelina, I can't even explain it. It feels great :-)

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, K.T. #writemotivation has been very helpful in keeping me honest in pursuit of accomplishing something great.

Raelyn Barclay said...

Congrats! It's amazing what stating goals will accomplish, way to go Angela.

1000th.monkey said...

Woo-hoo! Go, Angela!

I accomplished a different sort of goal last week. Read 6 books, wrote almost 2,000 words, and had a few glimmers of future scenes in the story.

Certainly not as satisfying as typing 'The End', but I'm happy :)

Cate Masters said...

Congrats! It feels great to finish that first draft, doesn't it?
And thanks for the links. Always looking for great advice on craft. :)

Angela Brown said...

I've always underestimated the power of goal setting. I've got good reason now to think better of goals.

Angela Brown said...

You read 6 books! Holy tamales!! I think I'm doing some bad stuff when I finish a novella and a novel in one week. Your are making rock star progress.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks so much, Cate. It does feel great to reach this first milestone. I'm itching to reach another.

Shelley Munro said...

Yay! Congratulations, Angela. That's such an awesome feeling, isn't it?
I have Cinder on my to-read pile. I can't wait to read it because the concept is so fascinating.

Laura Josephsen said...

YAY! Congratulations; that's awesome!

And you have great goals. I've been working on getting myself more organized this year.

I can't wait to read Everneath. Everyone keeps talking about it.

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Congrats on reaching the first the end with Mingled! It must be a great feeling! I haven't had much luck reaching the end of anything longer than a picture book :)

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Congrats on reaching The End with MINGLED! (Did you lose a bunch of stuff the first time? I would have cried!)

And kudos to you for putting it away for a few days. I usually can't stop myself from diving into draft #2, because I already know what's wrong with draft #1.

But my very best revisions only come from a long break with a book -- and usually work on another book. That's when inspiration really hits!

Good luck!

Charlie Holmberg said...

Congrats!! Keep up the good work, and luck with your goals.

Let me know how you like Everneath. (AKA review it on this blog for me!)

Sophia Chang said...

I actually never take a purposeful day off - it's usually forced due to travel or a busy day or social events.

Don't forget to claim your award on my blog!

Ainsley Shay said...

I applaud you for NOT listening to your "inner editor" that's so hard to do. Glad to hear you got to "The End" - that's awesome - what a great accomplishment!

Good luck with your February goals - it sounds like you have everything in perspective and you're on track!!! Keep us posted.

Angela Brown said...

I love this feeling, Shelley. I'll be excited to get the next draft done and reach The End, again :-)

Angela Brown said...

Laura, it's worth the buzz. I'm really enjoying Everneath thus far.

Angela Brown said...

You know, Susanna, one day I would love to try a picture book. So many of them are so much joy to read.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Dianne. I was itching to start on it right away but I really think a short breather would be good. As for the ending, I'd done a poor job saving and lost several thousand words then had to do them all over again to get back to The End. IT was not a good feeling, but I've learned from that mistake.

Angela Brown said...

LOL!! Charlie, you can count on that review. I'll do it as part of my 2012 YA/MG Debut Author reading challenge. I'm loving it so far. We'll see how things continue.

Angela Brown said...

Gosh, Sophia. Busy, Busy, Busy. But that's how it is with writing and life.

And an award? What? I'm headed over there!

Angela Brown said...

Thank you so much, Ainsley. And you are right, ignoring that darn Inner Editor took some serious "tuning out" lol!!!

Leslie Rose said...

I hope you have a special dance for THE END. Ah, those pesky inner editors. Thanks for the links.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

I'm reading A Million Suns (awesome!). Congrats on reaching the end!!!

Angela Brown said...

Why yes, there's a happy dance I do. But it can not be recorded lol!!!

Maria Zannini said...

Feels good, huh? :)

I take at least a week off after I finish a first draft. Helps me see things more clearly the second time.

Congrats, hon!

Angela Brown said...

Oh, Beth Revis's sequel to Across the Universe. I've heard it's wonderful.

Angela Brown said...

Feels real good, Maria. I didn't want to take too long away from it. I was thinking about four to five days. I even grabbed a couple of titles from the library to keep myself extra busy.

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

Congratulations on finishing the first draft! Are you self-publishing?
When I don't write I still plot and develop characters in my head - either for the current WIP or for the next one :-) And of course I read, but that I fo every single day.

Angela Cothran said...

I love Elana Johnson! She is brilliant. Her blog post on queries are amazing!!!

Angela Brown said...

Thanks Angela. I'm thinking of trying the traditional route first with MINGLED. But, I have some other works I may consider self-publishing.

Angela Brown said...

You are so right, Angela. She's like the query queen :-)

Barbara Ann Wright said...

Congrats! When I'm not writing, I'm whining about not writing. If I'm in between projects, I write hilariously embarrassing fan fiction.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Barbara. Okay, so I've got to get a hold of some of your fan fiction, especially if it is hilarious - embarrassment aside :-)

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