Last night, around 10PM, I wrote the last line of Brunch at Ruby’s. Then I scrolled up through another scene or two and added some words, a paragraph here, more description there. And just when my eyes were about to cross, I sat up and realized…. that I was DONE. The “project” that I started in 2011 (I think?) that I fought with, wrestled with, had nightmares about, cried over, quit, came back to, completely trashed and started over, was complete. Brunch at Ruby’s is… for all intents and purposes, WRITTEN.
I could not be more proud of myself.
Of course the book is nowhere near publishable. Every quote you’ve ever seen about every first draft is true. The first draft of anything is sh*t. Oh, I believe it. Specifically the last five or so chapters don’t really shine at all. They are words I wanted to get on the page to keep the train on the tracks. The next step is more correction, a little more polish, a bit more shine. But for right now, I want to be proud of the work I’ve put in.
Brunch at Ruby’s stands at just over 149,000 words. Uhm. That is a lot of words, yes. BAR has three main characters, three fully developed stories that intertwine, so that makes the book longer. I will be revising, adding, cutting, twisting, reworking, rewording and any other adjective that means moving things around to make the manuscript better. I have several more steps to being ‘ready’ for anyone to see, but getting to this point was the hard part. At least, for me!
Now I am going to let it sit. Get some distance, lose my attachment to certain words and scenes, characters and phrases that are just ‘so important and integral to the story’. In a few weeks I’ll pull it up again and dig in and start the refinement process. I also need to come up with a synopsis…. erm…. and a blurb…. *eep*. And other fun stuff that books need.
Last night I cracked open a bottle of Pink Moscato, gifted to me by the manager of our Peru facility. It was delicious. It tasted like victory.
I wonder what I’ll crack open when it’s ready to send to an agent. Suggestions????