Finishing Up

This morning, I finally finished the read-through of the manuscript I’ve been working on.

There’s something about finishing a revision that always throws me for a loop. Oh, I know I still have to type the changes into the document on my computer. I have to run it through spell-check, too. But there’s still an element of shock. The thing I’ve been working on for years is… gone. Finished. Over.

I suppose it’s worth mentioning that I have another revision in the works, and another rough draft (or six) waiting for their turns. But finishing one still hits me in a weird way.

It’s times like this when I’m especially grateful to my creative communities. Other writers understand.

I’m moving on to typing the changes into the computer file. Somehow, that always seems to go at a break-neck speed.


  1. A.S. Akkalon


    Congratulations! There’s nothing like actually finishing. I hope you have something fun planned to celebrate.

    • Reply

      No plans, yet, but I think this may call for a new hiking backpack as a reward. Welcome back, btw! It’s so good to see you again!

      • A.S. Akkalon


        A new hiking backpack sounds like a fantastic reward. (It’s just a pity I haven’t earned one yet.)

        Thanks! It’s good to be back. 🙂

        • Reply

          You will earn one! I’m still putting together my write-on-the-trail system, though. Desperately trying not to turn my rewards into something that involves taking a long break from writing… and fiddling with the idea of the Appalachian Trail.

          • A.S. Akkalon

            Omg, you have to do that! Just once you figure out the writing thing.

  2. Reply

    Your post gives me hope that there is such a thing as finishing. Every time I finish a round of revisions, I realize I need another round. *sigh*

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