Melina Gunnett

August 27, 2012

The End

Filed under: Odd Thoughts — Tags: , , , , , — Melina Gunnett @ 10:28 PM

It was Oscar Wilde who famously said “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life”. For the last few weeks my art – my writing – has been doing its best to be the exception that proves the rule. By now anyone who has been following me knows that I have been having difficulty finishing up tasks. My book, it seems, was having the same problem.

I had originally wanted to have it completed before my move. I worked on it and had the story done, but in desperate need of editing. The life struck with a vengeance. I’ve been pecking away at the editing and, with the help of a few beta readers, managed to get it mostly done by the end of July.

I had hoped, even with the move, tot get it out the door to the publisher by the 1st of August. I almost made it, there were still a few things I felt needed re-working and I needed one last chapter to wrap things up a bit.

The editing I was able to finish up, the last chapter… let’s just say, it was definitely the most difficult chapter in the book. The rest of the story just flowed. I knew what I wanted to happen, I had a time line that it needed to fit and characters. I didn’t get the whole story sent to me in a dream or everything, but what needed to happen next was always, well, what needed to happen next. It worked.

The last chapter didn’t need to happen next. I wasn’t even sure it needed to happen at all and the harder I tried to make something fit, the more I wondered if I should just leave things as they were. I probably would have given up, but I trust the people I had beta reading for me.

It took me almost two weeks to find a thread in the story that had been left hanging. Actually there are a couple, but I deliberately left them hanging – literary fringe that I will use to weave the sequel, which is already half written in my mind. Even once I had my thread I still struggled. I wanted to make the chapter a wrap up, not a new adventure.

In the end, finish up the book came down to the same thing it did in my real life, sitting my but in the chair and doing it. It took a couple of days of false starts and re-writes, but eventually the words landed on the page in an order I could live with. Best ending ever? Doubtful, but it was an ending and the book finally went into the (e)mail to the publisher.

I missed all my other self-fabricated deadlines, but I made my final firm dead line. The book had to be finished by my birthday or put on the shelf. I managed to send it off the day before, leaving me the chance to relax and enjoy the day guilt free.

Now I should have time to move on to the other projects that have cluttering up my desktop and start hacking down my “to be read” pile. I suppose it is time for another ‘to-do’ list, as I am sure there are things I have been letting slip while I worked on this. Hopefully Mr. Wilde will prove correct and I can find a way to tie up the loose ends in my life and get them finished as I did with the book.

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5 Comments »

  1. First off I would like to say excellent blog!
    I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
    I was curious to find out how you center yourself
    and clear your thoughts before writing. I’ve had a difficult time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there. I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are wasted simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or hints? Many thanks!

    Comment by Travel News — August 28, 2012 @ 3:24 AM

    • Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. Your comment got lost among the spam. In answer to your question – I don’t.

      I tend to waste a lot of time. I’ve tired sitting myself down and saying “write you”, but I don’t work that way. I need to have at least some idea of what I want to say, so I think a little bit about what I want to write then I give myself the time to mess around before I start. Usually by the time I have finished all my scrabble turns, taken the dog out, made breakfast, checked my e-mail, or whatever my distraction of the moment is, my brain has had a chance to start forming words and structure on its own. By the time I sit down to write, I have my outline half formed in my head.

      So I guess my short answer is go fold laundry or something. Take tonight’s post. I started thinking about it about 3 hours ago, just after I sent off my application. I had just written an article on a mead festival and, being a lover of mead, thought it would be nice to do something about it for my blog too. That ended up being part of my post, but not what it was really about. I thought about it some on the drive home. I thought about why I suddenly wanted to write about mead, and that lead to my thinking about why I was suddenly looking for paying work. I drove to the grocery store in my car and thought about what a dent it had made in my savings, but how it was worth it to me. I made dinner and thought about it all some more. By the time dinner was over, the narrative was forming in my head.

      By the time I sat down at the computer I had already written most of my post in my head. I just needed to put it down on paper. Once it was on paper I could go back, change words, fix the fuzzy logic and form it into some that is, hopefully, coherent.

      I tend to write fiction the same way. I envision the scene, play with it in my mind, know what it looks like and where I want it to go and the open the lap top. I don’t know if it is the most productive way to work, but it is what works for me. Maybe you just need to consider that 10 to 15 minutes part of your process rather than a waste of time.

      Comment by Melina Gunnett — September 7, 2012 @ 7:46 AM

  2. i would like to visit every day, thanks for your sharing.

    Comment by lista de email — August 28, 2012 @ 5:09 AM

  3. i don’t know if it is suitable but you could make some tips for writing in a blog. that would help a lot.

    Comment by lista de email — August 28, 2012 @ 1:04 PM

  4. yes, the posts are very good.

    Comment by lista de emails — August 31, 2012 @ 2:02 PM


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