Stomach Churning Nerves

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Well, I did it. I finished the second draft of Mortal Obligation. If you noticed the word count go up on the progress bar, that would be why! I added about 4,000 extra words... Well, 4,000 after I subtracted and then added more words. I am happy with the end result. However, that doesn't mean that I am not incredibly nervous about what my beta readers and editor will say. I want the truth, no matter what. But I also really hope that people like it! I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that most writers hope that readers enjoy their work.

Maybe, I differ a little bit, because I also hope that my beta's won't tell me what I want to hear. Rather, I hope they will tell me anything that needs to be fixed so that I can make Mortal Obligation perfect. I don't want to rush publishing and turn out a product that isn't ready. Of course, the perfectionist in me will probably never think that it is ready... that is why I need my beta readers and editor. Hopefully, with their help I will be able to put out a wonderful book that others will enjoy reading.

So, for now I am going to focus on some of the other things on my to-do list and distract myself while I wait for their responses. I also need to start the outline for the second book. Look! My list of distractions is growing by the second. And if that fails, I can always read one of the new books I got for my birthday... and maybe sit on my hands so that I don't text people!

Wish me luck, you guys. And my dear friends that are reading Mortal Obligation, please don't leave me hanging! It may cause sanity issues... although that was really a questionable issue to begin with! ;)


  1. I'm soo with you! I have found myself doing other things, laundry, cleaning walls, etc. so as not to actually finish it!
    What the heck is wrong with me?! *L*
    I think I'm just nervous.
    I'm letting it settle this week in my brain that I'm really doing this.

  2. Hang in there Nicole! This is what you've been waiting for. The moment when you can sit back and wait for the final information you need to make your book OCD approved. I'm lagging a bit behind you, I'm working on a new opening and closing scene then I'm hitting the send button on this baby to my editor. Whoot! I can't wait to read your book! Good luck with sitting on your hands :)

  3. I totally agree with your perspective. It may be hard to hear the truth, but you want to turn out the best book possible. So truth it is!

    Best of luck with the waiting! Hope you get great news!

  4. I wish I were at that stage, but I'm not. I do have a wonderful but tough friend you offers support and advice. She's sort of a prereader. When I FINALLY finish I'll need to do the find an editor I trust and beta thing. Nichole, I fully intend on picking your brain for help, so I'm thrilled you're going through this before me. Hearing the good, bad and ugly can be tasking. I hope I handle it as well as you have. Good luck.

  5. I'm so excited for you, I admit, I'm ready to be there myself. I can't wait to read it, it's been dangling in front of my nose forever ;) Great job, and you deserve a little break!


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