I have finished my first book!

United States
August 31, 2009 2:09pm CST
I have been writing since I learned english when I was in fourth grade. I have written poems and stories and I get such pleasure from writing it. But I have never been able to finish a story that I started. Last summer I started a teenage novel and I was able to write the first eight chapters. Then school started and I started working and things became hectic. So this summer I decided to go back and see if I can keep working on it because I didn't want to give up on it after not finishing so many other stories that I have started. August 28, 2009 at 4:27 PM I finished my first book ever! I had so many emotions during that time. It was so unbelievable and right now I still can't believe that I actually finished it. Right after I finished I already knew what I was going to write for the second book. And I also had an idea for another book which is closely based on my life but a more exciting and funnier version. So last night I already started outlining the first five chapters for the second book. So I am on a roll lately and I hope that I keep having great ideas. But I know that I won't be able to write as much because school starts in like a week and i'm nervous. Now the next step is to revise the whole book and edit it and do all that other good stuff. And then on to getting an agent and getting published. So any writers out there that have finished a book or are starting a new one? If so then I wish you guys all the best because it's like pulling teeth to finish a book. Good luck!
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
14 Sep 09
That is just so awesome, congratulations to you. So what is your 2nd story going to be? Is it hard to find a publisher in your area? That's so cool, you've left with editing process and you can go with publishing it. All the best to you, yeah..
• United States
17 Sep 09
Hey Zed. I'm thinking of doing a series and the second story is going to be the continuation of the first book. I have a book that lists all the publishers that I can send my manuscript to but it's hard for them to publish you because you may not be what they are looking for. So I am just going to take it easy and not get too sad when I get rejected by a few of them.
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
18 Sep 09
I know you have it in you. Keep trying, you'll definitely land a publisher definitely. I think you know this too; that some bestselling authors have a slow start as well. All the best..
@malamar (784)
• Canada
12 Oct 09
Hello Ayumita. Wow, you finished a book at such a young age - that is incredible! I have read a couple of your book reviews on Associated, and you have a definite flair for writing. Keep up with your school work first, that is so important right now. Then you can spend more time and pay attention to your writing. Keep the faith and keep on writing.
• United States
7 Nov 09
Thanks so much malamar. That makes me feel really good. You have no idea how happy I am that you enjoyed by book reviews. There are times when I doubt my writing capability butI am glad to get such a positive critique from someone. That is exactly what I am doing right now, focusing on my school work first and then writing. Thanks so much and happy mylotting!
11 Oct 09
Congratulations! That's a big achievement! I hope you'll get a good agent and publish it. You're hard work will be paid off soon.
• United States
7 Nov 09
Thank you and I hope that I am able to get a good agent as well.
• Indonesia
11 Oct 09
Oh, how I envy you so much! I started to write my first novel in september 2007, but until now it is not finished yet. It's a big shame, I know lol. I believe it's because the lack of commitment and dicipline from myself. I still write a few paragraphs now and then, but still it is far from being finished. And I also think that my writing skill begins to vanish. But I promise myself to finish it though, no matter how long it will take. So, may I ask how do you keep yourself motivated to continue writing?
• United States
7 Nov 09
Keep going. Make yourself write at least a sentence and from there you keep going. That's all you have to do and find something that will motivate you. My motivation is to see my book published and my name on that front cover. I want it so badly and if you really want to achieve something you have to want it with all your might. So keep writing and good luck.
@mce0321 (88)
• Philippines
12 Sep 09
good job! when i was young i had that flair for writing too, and it still haunts me to go back and do it during my free time. i would love to do children's books. when my kids were young, i had them help me out on my school project and we completed a script when we were toying with the plots & scenes. it was a sci-fi environmentally-inspired working idea which i never got the chance to develop into a book. maybe soon when i ran out of things to keep myself busy with.
• United States
17 Sep 09
Well then you should go back to it and keep working. Maybe by now you'll have a bunch of new ideas for it and be able to finish it. And then you can get it published or something. Good luck with that.
@fifileigh (3621)
• United States
1 Sep 09
cool. congratulations. i know the feeling. i finished writing my first novel in 2006, and the feeling was like a big load was off my back. a big relief that i finally did it. then i spent 2 years editing and playing with it and reading it a million times. i also designed the covers on illustrator. i decided to self published, and i chose lulu.com. i had to also format the book to lulu standards and requirements to make sure it is compatible and nothing weird happens. and then i designed marketing material. and when i actually uploaded and self published my book, it gave me strength and power that i finally actually did it after doing all the work on my own. it was cool. now, i want to do a graphic novel. i drew 50 pages and stopped. i need to rewrite script. i also have ideas for future novels. but i am writing it in a notebook so i dont forget them.
• United States
1 Sep 09
That's great. You keep going with that graphic novel and work on those other ideas as well. Good luck!
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
31 Aug 09
Congratulations! You go for it! I haven't finished my book that I'm writing yet and I hope I do. This is encouraging. Take care.
• United States
1 Sep 09
I'm glad that I am able to encourage someone. I hope you also are able to finish your own book because it's such a great feeling that you get when you accomplish something like that.
• India
31 Aug 09
Wow.. Finished writing your first book at your 20th age itself? Really great. You mentioned even time.. you must be very sincere person in your duties, I hope! Great Congrats for your Great Work! I have never wrote any book till now. I have an Idea of writing my Autobiography after 35 to 30 years! In between, I may write short stories for kids. not sure. must think off! Have a nice time!
• United States
1 Sep 09
Well you have a nice time writing those short stories that you mentioned. If you get a good idea for a short story then you should write it down. Have a great time.
@DeenaD (2688)
• United States
31 Aug 09
Congratulations on your awesome accomplishment! Are you going to revise it at all, or do you consider that it is complete as is? I wrote a 102,000 word novel, but I feel that it need a lot of revision, which I do not like to do.
• United States
1 Sep 09
Yeah I am going to revise the whole thing. I want to make sure that everything makes sense and that it's how I want it to be. I am going to enjoy it because I'm going to be able to visit my characters and change a whole bunch of stuff to make it better than before. Good luck with your novel and if your going to revise it just take it slowly.
@JDBentz (37)
• United States
31 Aug 09
Good for you. Writing a book is definitely one of the harder things to do for many people, whether they have the gifts necessary or if they have to force each paragraph out over the course of several days. In many ways, writing novels is much harder than writing scripts, which is what I do for the most part. Writing a novel, you have to research or at least be knowledgable in the topic you're writing about. For example, if you write a science fiction novel you have to have some grounding in science throughout the novel, even if its just simple things. Another problem writers can face in completing a novel vs. completing a script is the length and formatting. For a script, you only need 90-120 pages in general. The bulk of that is a few paragraphs of action, interceded by dialogue. And if you sell a script, most of what you wrote will be changed with the first few scripts you sell. A novel, on the other hand, needs to be around 270 pages at the least for the kind of novel aimed at an adult audience. You say your novel is a teen/young adult, so it has a few less needs. Another problem for some is sustaining the plot through those some-hundred pages in order to keep interest. I wrote novellas for a long time, but could never write an actual novel of any kind. If you have done so and are working to revise and eventually publish, than I applaud you. That is something very few people can truly say they have done.
• United States
1 Sep 09
It's true it doesn't matter if you have the gift or not. A lot of thinking and organazing goes into it and a lot of doubting too. I'm still doubting myself on this story even though I already finished it. Yeah a lot of research goes into a novel I didn't have to do as much research because I wrote a teen/young adult novel. And like you said it has less needs than other novels. But I am going to start writing an adult book soon. I already have the idea and everything so hopefully it goes really good. Thank you so much for saying those nice things because that makes me feel really good about the hard work that I did and the hard work that I still have to put into it until it's a finished product.
• United States
8 Sep 09
Congrats! How many words was it? I finished my first "novel" when I was 12 years old. I put novel in quotes because it was only 25,000 words, which would be a novella or children's book, but it sure felt like writing a novel to me. I also wrote a sequel for it that was about the same length. I thought a lot about trying to get them published and I started researching the publishing industry, but I never made any submissions or queries for them. I'm glad I didn't because in all honesty the books were horrible. I'm still glad I wrote them though, because it gave me practice and experience in writing a full-length story. I started another book when I was 13, but I didn't finish it until I was almost 16. Even then, I tore it up with revisions for another year until it was almost a different book. It's about 85,000 words. This one's the book I've been concentrating all my editing and submissions on. It's been rejected by around 10 agencies, but I'm not done trying yet. I wrote another book last year and it's about 100,000 words. I've done no editing on it whatsoever because as I said before, I'm concentrating most of my editing on the 85,000 word book. I'm currently working on two more novels, one's kinda depressing to write so I started writing the other one to cheer myself up. I'm funny that way. But here's the deal that many people miss: Writing the book is not the hard part. It's by no means EASY, but it's not the hard part. Getting published is. When I tell people about my book they ask, "Oh, are you going to get it published?" like I can pop my query on an agent's desk and automatically get a three book deal with Random House. It's not that simple. I wish you the best of luck! Keep writing, and don't let rejection get you down. Don't get stuck making revisions forever either. At some point you're going to have to declare it as good as you can get it without the help of a professional editor and make the plunge into submitting.