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It happened so Unexpectedly – Finishing First Draft


Just as I was writing my last chapter of my manuscript, I realized it was just that.  It was my final chapter!  I sat in my chair with pen in hand and realized suddenly, that I had come to the end of my book, save for the epilogue.  I asked myself if this could really be it and it was now time to head into revisions………………..many revisions!  My thoughts start dancing as I flip through my pages of atrocious penmanship and various inserts I so systematically implemented for my first draft.  Perhaps if I would have written in sequence I may not be so overwhelmed by the compilation process.


Alas, I am now reading ‘Scrivener for Dummies’ to help myself find a path to getting my words into the computer.  Sheesh!  I wasn’t ready to change my hat at a moment’s notice.   All in all, the feeling of getting this far is exhilarating!

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D.G. Kaye is a nonfiction/memoir writer, who writes from her own life experiences and self-medicates with a daily dose of humor.


    • DebbyGies

      Thank you Amy Jo! Oh ya, writing first draft was only half the battle, or maybe 1/3, lol. What a journey this is becoming! I read your page as well. I really like your writing. It seems so many of us have crosses to bear in life. It is great meeting fellow authors and sharing our world that so many who aren’t writers don’t understand about us. ps: have you conquered scrivener or abandoned it?

      • Amy Jo Sprague

        oh, Scrivener….it just wasn’t my thing. I use Liquid Story Binder XE (abut $30) but I’m willing to bet that’s more complicated than Scrivener, I just like playing with it a lot. Scrivener is for a more serious approach which is probably for you since you’re looking to get something already done into the computer. Look up tutorials on youtube, Let me know how it goes!

        • DebbyGies

          Thanks for the tip, I will. Yes, I find it easier to write by hand and the plan is to enter first draft newly into Scrivener and revise as I type. I have spent a lot of time learning about self publishing, and still am, so I am open to suggestions from anyone who has been there, thanks!

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