The End & The Beginning

I’m finding myself in a funny spot these days, writing-wise that is. I just finished a book. I’d spent months in that story, with those characters. In that last 6 weeks, I’ve re-read it twice, editing and fine-tuning as I went. I knew those characters, that story, that book.

In the end, I was very ready to move on to the next set of characters and begin telling their story. It had been brewing in the back of my mind for some time, and as I finished up the final edit on the now-complete manuscript, I found myself very anxious to get moving with new material.

And it is very exciting... the beginnings of a story... the first experiences with a new set of characters... getting to know them... learning to understand them... starting them on a path of adventure and growth.

But... I sort of miss the “sureness” of the previous manuscript. There was a measure of comfort about working in a story I was so familiar with. The firm knowledge that I knew exactly what was coming and how it was all going to happen was a cool place to be.

So, what’s my point? Nothing earth-shattering. Just that the end of one manuscript and the beginning of another create such different feelings in a writer. And both are way cool and really exciting. It’s all a part of the journey of a writer.

And I love the journey.

Happy writing and reading everybody!


  1. Something wonderful and frightening about starting a new project. Just to keep my brain from imploding, I try to stagger either the genre I'm writing or the length. It's always an adventure, and I love to explore new people and places.

  2. I love new beginnings and new adventures. That's why I have to move so often so that I can be in the midst of them. It occurs to me just know that writers must feel the same way.

  3. Amy:
    You've accomplished so much. A full manuscript and submissions!!! Congratulations!

    I love starting new things. I've started something new too. But am working too much to write much.

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you.

  4. So when are we going to see your book?

  5. I know exactly what you're describing. That comfort inside the familar book and leaving the safety for something new is scary and exciting. I've written five books in one series. I know those characters so well I wondered if I COULD write others! I can, I am.

    Congrats on the Journey. It'll never end!