Now Can I Say I’m A Writer?

Early this morning, around the strike of 2, I finally did it.

3 years.
Countless restarts and redirects.
Thousands of draft pages.
28 chapters.
240 pages.
Just under 67,000 words.

I finished it.

The next great American novel is complete!

Considering I’m a huge procrastinator and I hardly ever finish anything I start, this is like the most amazing thing I’ve ever done. It’s like when Alex and I climbed Mt. Elbert in 2003. Lots of pain and anguish, 3 false summits, deprived of oxygen and water, threatened by lightning, feeling like I just couldn’t take another step, and just when I was ready to give up, there it was, as if it had been waiting for us from the moment we took our first step up the rocky path – the summit.

The story I wrote about that hike was aptly titled “Mt. Elbert: I Laughed, I Cried, I Peed On My Shoes” – not unlike the experience of writing a novel. But the important thing is that I didn’t give up, and finally, there it was, as if it had been waiting for me from the moment I typed the first sentence – the summit!

*Stands up and does the corny white-boy cabbage patch dance*

Of course, in the world of publishing, this is just the basecamp summit, because edits and rewrites, searching for an agent, landing said agent, selling to a publisher, and actually getting the book on the shelves are the summits that still lie ahead and, like Everest, 1 in 12 climbers who attempt the final ascent die in the process.

But it’s totally worth it, dude.

7 thoughts on “Now Can I Say I’m A Writer?

  1. CONGRATULATIONS BIMS!!! im so glad for you and inspired by you. cant wait to read it! great luck with the final ascent. keep us posted.

  2. ycyghuthThat is so cool, I also do not finish most of the things I start but im so damn proud of you! Pick your favorite chapter and I would like to read it when I am visitting you.

    Keep up the good work.

    And I won’t!

  3. Sorry, since you’re family, you have to read the whole damn thing. Besides, one chapter would be out of context. So you can start at the beginning like everyone else, ya whiner!

  4. I knew you could do it!!!! I am sooo excited for you and so very proud! Can’t wait for it to come out on the shelves so I can go buy a million copies!!! Well maybe not a million…. one for me…8 more for birthday group…one for all my other friends..and family..all the neighbors…everyone at both my churches… all my high school group…and anyone else I run into! Hey my daughter is a writer!!! WHOOT!!!!! Love Mom

  5. Good going, Shirl!! I can’t wait to read it! Good luck with all that follows, I know you’ll be great!

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