So It Wasn’t A Fluke

There was nothing like finishing my first novel. The excitement was unlike anything I’d ever felt before. The sense of accomplishment was as huge as the task itself. I’d finally done it.

This Sunday I finished my second novel. I knew early in the week I’d finish and I noticed a considerable drop in my excitement with each passing day. By the time Saturday approached, I was feeling considerably disheartened and unmotivated. On Sunday I woke up full out depressed and picked a fight with my husband over sandwiches. It was the day I was going to finish my novel. Why was I so despondent?

I did finish it. Then I put my computer away and didn’t tell anyone for hours. I felt confused. I should have felt on top of the world.

I finally posted it on Twitter and my friend texted me not too long after saying something along the lines of, “Eeeeeeee!” I started to feel better. As we talked more and my other friends responded I began to feel some semblance of pride but I never got to the same point of happiness I felt over completing my first novel. Even now, four days later, I’m more in shock and denial than anything else.

What happened?

I want to think it’s just me missing my characters (which I do) but I think it runs deeper than that. Something has unsettled me. Maybe it’s that it’s real now. The first time was just for fun. I did it as a hobby, as a test to see whether I could do it or not. And now I guess I’m a writer. It wasn’t just a fluke.

It feels like such a responsibility. In a difficult way–I feel a stronger sense to do it all “right.” But also in a great way–I get the great responsibility and power to leave a message for the world. It’s awe-inspiring. And sort of nerve-wracking.

I am happy and very proud of what I’ve done. Now when someone asks me what I write, I can say novels. “Novel” never did sound right.

Hi. I’m Jamie and I write novels.

I am an author and a writing business teacher. I am also a mother of two, a wife, a businesswoman, a nature-lover, and a wannabe yogi. My debut women's fiction novel, PERFECTLY UNDONE, will be released on October 3, 2017. Here, I blog about my journey in publication in the hopes of inspiring others to follow their own dreams.

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Comments (4)

  1. Woo-hoo. Congrats on finishing the novel.

    I usually feel exhilarated after finishing one, but that feeling is quickly followed by “what next”?

    1. Thank you! I have a whole list of what’s next! Lol! But maybe it’s what’s next that’s the real reason I’m freaking out–lots and lots of editing!

      How are your edits coming along?

  2. Hi Jamie. Nice to meet you. πŸ™‚ Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

    You said something in your blog here that helped me understand how you feel. About not writing anymore and missing your characters. Though I haven’t written a book, from a readers perspective I get that. I feel the exact same way over great books, Twilight for example. I was borderline suicidal after I was done reading it… Okay maybe not THAT bad but I was looking around for a vampire to take my life away. Sorry got distracted there. But my point is I was so super depressed I was missing my characters. I actually didn’t want to finish the book when I could have just to prolong it. So I get that feeling all to well.

    But yes you are a writer and I hope it finally sinks in. You are novelist and pretty damn good one at that!

    P.S. I just compared your books to Twilight. πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, it did sound something like that. πŸ˜‰

      I feel the same way when I’m reading! When I start my next book, for the first two days I feel like I’m “cheating” on my last book.

      Don’t make me faint. Seriously, I will.

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