Yes, I finished my manuscript, SHROUD OF LIES on Monday. Ten months, one day, 49 chapters, 70,377 words, and lots of hair-pulling sessions later, I can actually say I AM FINISHED.
I’m sorry, was that a little too loud? Ha!
I wrote the last six chapters over the weekend and yes, those six will have to take their turn on the "time out" chair before I edit and polish them, but technically ... it's done and feels better than chocolate at the moment.
It's been so frustrating to know how I wanted this novel to end and yet not find the words to show it. To add to that frustration, I was beginning to think I was living in the movie "Groundhog Day." Every time I reached chapter 30 or so, another major change popped into my head. I jumped in to make the changes. How many out there have changed the identity of your killer seven chapters from the end? Let me tell you, it makes for some interesting edits. Invariably, it forced me to adjust every chapter from 15 on. This type of change happened at least three times that I can recall—a frustrating but equally gratifying process. Oh well, such is life and speaking of life, for those out there who don't write mysteries and wonder what twisted things go through the mind of one who does, check this out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHvBd8G6Jb8 Please note, not intended for readers with weak stomachs. ;)
While you’re watching that video, I’m going to start working on my pitch and writing some query letters. ;)