Thursday, June 7, 2012

Fingers and Toes Counted: It's a Whole Book

Photo courtesy of Teri Chastain
Whew! I just finished a grueling workweek. (Yes, I know it's only four o'clock on a Thursday, but I already worked more hours this week than during a normal five-day workweek, and I'm done!)

Despite the demands of work, this week I also read Eva, the novel I just finished writing. It was long, and there were a few specific scenes that felt long in themselves. There were amusing typos (I wish I could remember what now), and some repetitious information.

But more important, there were well-flushed-out characters, witty dialog, and tension-filled scenes. There were a few points where I laughed out loud (always a good sign in a book I tried to write funny). There were even a few well-turned phrases and lines that impressed me (really, I wrote that?).

Final verdict: it's a book.

I don't say that lightly. Writing 400 or so pages does not mean you've written a book. It could still be  missing a third act (a la book two and three in my writing history), or be at the halfway mark (like book one), or a jumbled squish of two stories into one (as book five turned out to be).

But it's not. It's a complete story, with a beginning, middle, and end, character growth, plot evolution, ten fingers, and ten toes.

I'm pleased, to say the least.


Amanda said...

Congrats honey! I know you're your own biggest critic, so if YOU feel like it's a complete story, imagine how impressed the rest of us will be by it. Can't wait to see the finished product someday soon!

Cody said...

WhooHoo! I can't wait to download it on my KindleFire!

Cody said...

I like the photo too!

Rebecca Chastain said...

Thanks, Amanda! I have high hopes that this is a publishable novel.

Rebecca Chastain said...

Cody, whose KindleFire? I would be happy to see you reading it on my beloved Guisher.