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Stop the Love You Save May Be Your Own

I FINISHED THE FUCKER. I FINISHED THE FUCKER. I FINISHED THE FUCKER. Well, this draft. The big overhaul. The big revise. I have to admit it’s the most fun I’ve ever had just me in my sandbox making shit up. To celebrate, I smoked two cigarettes and had a glass of red wine with my friend Anne T. Gonna leave it for a few days, clean up my room, take a shower, and go see my little sister for her birthday. Then I’m going to print it out, read one more time, and make last fixes before I turn it in to my editor. Right now at this moment, I’m kind of elated. Tomorrow I expect to hate it and myself. You’re welcome.

How do you take a victory lap?

17 Responses

  1. Congratulations! I don’t understand how you could do it so fast. I want to be you right now and be out of revision hell.

  2. Congratulations! Betsy, you are so funny!

  3. Slow and easy and very satisfied.
    I hope your draft looks even better tomorrow than today.

  4. Yay, you!

  5. Congratulations Betsy! Although I’ve not yet had a victory involving an editor and a manuscript, my victory laps almost always include a vase of fresh picked flowers, a good book to read, and my favorite (homemade) french toast with real maple syrup, and a hot cup of Earl Grey with honey! Enjoy the elation. Don’t hate yourself in the morning… ❤

  6. sounds good, whatever way you go your dreams will take you.

  7. “How do you take a victory lap?”

    Any way you can. Congratulations, Betsy. There is no feeling like the one we writers get when the work is hammered shut. “I did it, I did it, I knew I could, and I did it! Thank god that’s over! Anything happen while I was out? Oh, an asteroid hit? Well, who’d a-thunk?”

  8. To amazing you, a huge bowl of Rocky Road. Save the nuts for me.

  9. Veuve, and cake with butter cream frosting and strawberries.

  10. Woohoo! Congratulations! 🎈🎉

    (Every time I see “finish the fucker” I think of those FTF bracelets some writers from this blog created. You need one of those)

    The feeling is SO amazing. When I’ve finished, my celebratory hijinks involve . . . not much. I sit back, take a deep breath, put away my scribbles and notes. Put away books I’ve used for research. Organize stuff. Tell those who care I finished.

    I’m starting another, and getting the usual angst that comes with it.

    • Jeez Donna, like an orphan looking to make a big family you’re pounding out another one. All you guys are so inspiring!

      • Fascinating thing said to me once (agent) “You have your whole life to write your first novel and about a year thereafter upon publication.” 🤷‍♀️ That’s the nature of writing to contract.

        • When one of your books becomes a movie, your personal story will eclipse any of the amazing things you have written. I hope Betsy says kind things about us misfits when she accepts her Oscar for a Screenplay based on one of your books.

  11. Baste yourself in it, Betsy. Bravo!

  12. First, congrats. A wonderful accomplishment. There are always second thoughts. Lucky you to have an editor to encourage you.
    I eat Haagen Dasz ice cream, any flavor, maybe a bar. Say “yay, yes!” to myself a few times. Clap. I used to jump up and down but since my new hip I have to just sit and stamp my feet. Call a friend or two.

  13. YES!!! Go, Betsy, go!!!

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