On finishing a manuscript…

So… Doorways is done… for most of a week now. Feelings about that: Mixed.

On the one hand, I’m thrilled and enjoying the freedom of not having anything to finish.

On the other, I’m… bored. After all, I’ve spent a very long time working on it. It’s basically framed my life for almost six years. Now it’s gone. Sure I might, and probably will do some final polishes, but nothing that requires my immediate attention just yet. On the contrary, if I’m going to do some more polishing even though it’s good enough now, I need distance. Which means I need to do anything else but work on Doorways.

In fact, I’m thinking I might take a bit of a break on writing, since it had taken up a substantial part of my life. You know, to experiment with new hobbies, catch up with friends, read more…

*snort* Yeah. Right. My muse is already back on my case with a variety of options as to what I can work on.

So… maybe my writing holiday will come to an end soon.

What do you do after finishing a manuscript?

67 thoughts on “On finishing a manuscript…

  1. After finishing my first manuscript, I really focused on reading a LOT and then created and started working on my blog.
    I really like dto switch between reading and writing, i feel like it helps me to not get worn out on either of them.
    Now Im working on my second book, while I have beta readers and CPs working on my first book.

    Congrats to you for finally finishing! I know you have been working on it for a long time. Enjoy your feelings of success and accomplishment.

  2. Yay, congrats!! but I get the idea of “what now?”
    Reading sounds like a good idea, and the fall tv shows are starting up now (there are too many good ones to keep up with)
    I'm always surprised to see people finishing books after only a few months. At the rate I'm going my current WIP will probably take at least 6 years. Oh, gosh. I hope not.

  3. I usually take 2-3 weeks off in between MS's. That's not to say I don't jot down notes here and there, but I just let myself relax. I usually catch up with friends, read, and catch up on T.V. shows.

    Congrats on finishing! It's such a great feeling!!

  4. I try to give my MS 2 to 3 weeks to cool down before editing it but, to be honest, my muse kicks in with another idea before I'm finished writing. Most of the time I can't make it through a week without writing something and when I'm not writing I'm thinking about story ideas, plots, characters…it never truly ends. I wouldn't have it any other way! Enjoy the moment of completion but don't be afraid to embrace a new beginning.


  5. Get a day or two off, then start a new project and begin looking for markets/agents, or whatever for Doorways, so after any future touch-ups, it'll be ready to go.

    Great feeling to be basically finished with it, right?

  6. Whoo-hoo! You did it! Congratulations! 😀 If your muse is nagging at you, then take full advantage of it, especially if its wanting to write something new. 🙂

  7. Congrats! I have also finished my first book. I submitted it in May and am still waiting to hear anything, though I am happy to not have been rejected yet! *grin* I recently finished the research for a second book and am deep into writing again. I must say, I missed it. Give yourself a break if you need it, but I think you'll find another project is just the thing to help you through the long wait until you hear back from those agents and publishers.

  8. Huge congrats on wrapping it up! I went through a similar transition with my first big, beloved WIP several years ago. It took me a couple months to fully get my mind out of that world and jump into writing something new, but then it was a joy!

  9. I start the next one! Seriously, I get really irritable and antsy if I'm not at least planning a book.

    Well done finishing your book. I think my first took me 10 years just to get up the courage to start working seriously on it, and then 2 years to right and edit.

  10. Hehehe I'm planning to. Although I see it as finished enough to query to agent. It's just that my inner editor is convinced it needs another look-over.

    I'm planning to indulge it because I lock it up for months and years when I'm drafting. 😀

  11. Definitely. I think the past few month especially drained my creative resources, so I need to take some time to take a breather before I can start again.

    Otherwise I might turn into a zombie.

  12. I just finished mine two weeks ago and right now, I'm debating on whether to go back in or wait longer. I've written a short story in-between and have another idea for another short story to work on if I should wait. The problem becomes, because it takes me so long to edit, I'll most likely get into the holidays with submissions. And most agents email boxes are full at those times, some even close. So it may be next year before an agent even reads my query if I wait too long. What to do, what to do?

  13. Hahahaha I'm also starting to get antsy, but I don't really know what to start with, and I know that it will be better for me if I don't jump in just yet, because the creative part of me is tired.

  14. Congrats on finishing!! That's such an amazing feeling. I usually try to take a break after finishing a book, but like you, I usually don't last long before tinkering with new ideas. 🙂

  15. Congrats with finishing your manuscript! I recently just finished one of my books as well and published Volume 1 of it as an e-book. I know the feeling of completing a story ad the feeling of, “I finished, now what?” After I finished my very first manuscript, I felt mixed about it also, which is why I am in the process of revising it once more (after several previous changes before that, lol). Normally, I tend to switch back and forth between manuscripts.

    Regardless, at least you finally accomplished completing it! I look forward to reading it one day! 🙂


  16. Well done!

    It is a strange feeling coming to the end of such a long project. Relief, joy and an odd empty feeling.

    I fill that up by switching to either of my current WIPS or one of the half baked plot ideas that are bouncing around my head!

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