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What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« on: May 19, 2017, 01:19:40 PM »
I lurk around a lot here and have learned so much. I want to thank those who post about their journey from non-writer to writer. I mourn alongside you when you share your struggles and I rejoice with you in your successes. I'm still learning the marketing side and have a long way to go. Heck, I'm just a novice when it come to writing too. Covers, blurbs, email subscribers, promotions, free, not free, royalties, KDP, wide, series, serial, stand alone, yada, yada, yada. Makes my head spin.

What makes a 46 year old man cry?

While I know the work has only begun, moments ago I just typed the final word, word number 72,536, to complete my first story to be crafted into a novel ready for market.

It actually came to me by surprise. I took the day off from normal work today in order to move the story along because it had been mired in plot hades. I decided I needed to just push through it. Low and behold, when I got to going, things just started flowing. I realized everything had stalled because of one bad plot line. Once I had that resolved, I typed nearly 7,000 words in five hours. All of sudden, before I realized what was happening, it was over. The last word. I'm sitting in McAlister's Deli and am a bit embarrassed because I'm crying over my laptop.

Thanks for listening. Those other things like editing, cover, blurb, product placement, and marketing will have to wait for another day. For now, I am going to sit back, sip my sweet tea, and enjoy the moment.

Thanks for listening!

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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2017, 01:30:37 PM »
I lurk around a lot here and have learned so much. I want to thank those who post about their journey from non-writer to writer. I mourn alongside you when you share your struggles and I rejoice with you in your successes. I'm still learning the marketing side and have a long way to go. Heck, I'm just a novice when it come to writing too. Covers, blurbs, email subscribers, promotions, free, not free, royalties, KDP, wide, series, serial, stand alone, yada, yada, yada. Makes my head spin.

What makes a 46 year old man cry?

While I know the work has only begun, moments ago I just typed the final word, word number 72,536, to complete my first story to be crafted into a novel ready for market.

It actually came to me by surprise. I took the day off from normal work today in order to move the story along because it had been mired in plot hades. I decided I needed to just push through it. Low and behold, when I got to going, things just started flowing. I realized everything had stalled because of one bad plot line. Once I had that resolved, I typed nearly 7,000 words in five hours. All of sudden, before I realized what was happening, it was over. The last word. I'm sitting in McAlister's Deli and am a bit embarrassed because I'm crying over my laptop.

Thanks for listening. Those other things like editing, cover, blurb, product placement, and marketing will have to wait for another day. For now, I am going to sit back, sip my sweet tea, and enjoy the moment.

Thanks for listening!

Dude, I'm about 5k words away from the same point and am already starting to feel it - Thanks for letting me know I'm not the only one!

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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2017, 01:40:16 PM »
Congrats!  it is no small feat to type "The End"

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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2017, 01:54:02 PM »
Amazing, well done :)

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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2017, 01:54:43 PM »
Major congratulations!  I remember the feeling of that first completed novel - such a rush of emotions.  Shed those tears of relief and joy.  Nothing to be ashamed of.  :-*

And yes, just relax and enjoy this monumental moment and sip that tea to your heart's content.

Way to go!

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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2017, 02:16:15 PM »
Congrats! It is a wonderful feeling.

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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2017, 02:25:11 PM »
Great job, and what a feeling.

Congratulations!

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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2017, 02:34:21 PM »
Congrats! It's a great feeling! My tears though are at saying goodbye to my characters!! It's like I'm waving them off to carry on their journey without me, and I genuinely grieve!! Daft, I know!!!

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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2017, 02:37:35 PM »
Congrats, dude! 

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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2017, 06:25:50 PM »
Congratulations, man.  :)
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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2017, 06:32:23 PM »
Serious congratulations to you! I say treasure the tears; they are well-earned.

Hope to join your ranks soon.

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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2017, 06:40:55 PM »
I get what you mean. While I don't cry, as in really bawl like a babe, I was teared up when I finished my debut novel. And it's not just that either. I tear up half the time when I think about it. I think it's the ending and some intense moments that did the job.

I take it as a pretty good sign. It means you actually care about your work, it's able to move you, and thus at least people similar to you, and it will mean that you will be dedicated to it when it comes to the editing and other grunt work needed to push it out to the readers.

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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2017, 07:29:44 PM »
Congrats!!! I'm so thrilled for you. It's a great accomplishment. Be proud, be merry, and rejoice!!!! :D

And best of luck getting it ready and out to the market. If you need help, we're all here.

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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2017, 07:38:27 PM »
Congratulations! It's a great feeling, being done.



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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2017, 09:19:31 PM »
Congratulations! Finishing that first novel is huge. I like to say that one of the most important and hardest writing lessons to learn is how to finish. So that's awesome!


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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2017, 09:25:54 PM »
Congratulations. It's a great feeling.

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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2017, 10:25:19 PM »
Congratulations. It is a great moment. Try to enjoy it for a while, before talking to your editor! Those people can seem heartless if you talk to them too soon after this moment haha. But DO talk to one. That's important.
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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #17 on: May 20, 2017, 01:16:00 AM »
Congrats, man! ;D

Good luck, and enjoy the feeling  ;)

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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #18 on: May 20, 2017, 08:58:24 AM »
Awesome. You did it!

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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #19 on: May 20, 2017, 01:34:51 PM »
Congratulations! Write that number down so you can refer to it when you get the final word count of the published novel. You'll look at the two numbers and smile at thinking you were done. But you've done something 98% of the world swears they can do, but never does. Be proud of yourself. :)

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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #20 on: May 20, 2017, 03:09:16 PM »
Yep - I'm 52 and I shed one or two every time I finish a novel. It's that weird mixture of relief and loss. Takes me days to find equilibrium.

(Also, I cry whenever Wales beat England in rugby...)
    
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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #21 on: May 20, 2017, 05:20:25 PM »
Bravo. And, of course, encore. :)
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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #22 on: May 20, 2017, 08:01:28 PM »
I wonder if the next time you cry will be the number of drafts you go through.  :o

Seriously, congratulations! I'm only a little ahead of you and I didn't cry. Instead, I just stared off into space like a shell shocked soldier, wondering what happened. I took a couple of days off and let some close friends read the mess I made. I was on the right track, but the story needed focus and serious edits even before it got to the first editor. I'm trying not to repeat that mistake and learn as much about the craft as I go along. Keep at it, sir!


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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #23 on: May 21, 2017, 03:30:34 AM »
Woooo!  Congratulations!

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Re: What makes a 46 year old man cry?
« Reply #24 on: May 21, 2017, 04:34:04 AM »
I wonder if the next time you cry will be the number of drafts you go through.  :o

Seriously, congratulations! I'm only a little ahead of you and I didn't cry. Instead, I just stared off into space like a shell shocked soldier, wondering what happened. I took a couple of days off and let some close friends read the mess I made. I was on the right track, but the story needed focus and serious edits even before it got to the first editor. I'm trying not to repeat that mistake and learn as much about the craft as I go along. Keep at it, sir!

lol, I cry while reading my edits, damn emotions get in the way of a good read.

Nice work created4life, like many others I'm in the same boat, finished the first edit yesterday then had to fill in some holes so another 10,000 words today. It feels great doesn't it. As ken said above, you'll probably shed a tear or two while editing but that's the life of a writer - blood, sweat and tears.


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