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Whew! Okay, next…


I did it.



I finished the second first draft of my WIP.

Yep. Wrote the last sentence. The last in-line note.

So why don’t I feel like whooping and hollaring?

“Because you know you aren’t done with it.” My Muse hands me a blue foil-wrapped Mozart chocolate–oooh, the good kind–and a champagne flute not filled with bubbly. I taste it. Moscato. That works for me. “Now you’ve got a manuscript to tweak.”

“Why can’t I take a day off?”

“Because, love, you had a cold and already took a day off. You wandered off on a mental walkabout. That also counts as a day.” He opens the top drawer of my writing desk, retrieves half a ream of paper with printing on it, and drops it with a thud on my desk. “You’ve got a direction with this. You don’t need many changes, just some tweaks. By the time you finish, your WIP should be cooled off. You can start fresh with it.”

“Look, I’ve got chores that I’ve put off for, er, oh boy. I need to catch up with those. I think I saw one of the cats being chased by a monster dust bunny last night. I can’t have monster dust bunnies running loose. Pretty sure that’s what vacuum cleaners are for. And have you see the cobwebs in the bathroom? I think they’re using soap scum to reinforce their ramparts.”

He leans against my desk, arms crossed on his fine chest. “You know, I’m impressed. You’ve been writing for at least an hour, usually two, every day since NaNoWriMo started, except for the holidays, of course. You’ve pulled back from some of your online stuff, and focused on your WIP. You did good, love. You need to keep the momentum going.”

*Grumble* I drop into my chair. He’s right, of course. I, however, know I need a break. Just a day, maybe two. Long enough to switch gears from my WIP back into my manuscript. Long enough to catch up with a few chores, make some pumpkin bread, and take a deep breath or three. “I’m going to take a day. Some of it tonight, some tomorrow. Maybe even all day the next day. Deal with it.”

He frowns. “You are not going to take a break from writing the entire weekend. I’ll give you tonight and part of tomorrow. I’ll even concede to some time on Monday after work. But the whole weekend? No way.”

I lean back in my chair. He’s still wearing the fisherman’s sweater from the coffee meeting. I really like him in a nice sweater; hell, I like him in just about anything. Or noth–stop. Do not go there. “Okay. How about this–I’ve got to get back to my MeetYourMainCharacter crew; I’ve been in radio silence a bit too long. I’ll write up my assigned blog posts for second quarter and set reminders to send them out in a couple months. That’s writing.”

“Splitting hairs, more like. Your April deadline is only two months away. You want to pitch your WIP, you need to keep your head in the game. That means no days off, and no walkabouts. I will be doggin’ your ass at every turn. Capiche?”

“Yeah, yeah, I get it.”

To my blogging friends on the East Coast, stay safe during the snowstorm. We’re going to be within spitting distance of 32 degrees F on Sunday. Woo-hoo! Sure beats the -7 F highs we had last weekend.

Have a great weekend, everyone. Keep writing!



Author: Julie Holmes, author

Pen names: J. M. Holmes, J. M. Goebel A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for a decade, I've been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. In real life, I am a technical writer with a family of two teens, a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, two chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

10 thoughts on “Whew! Okay, next…

  1. Woot! Congrats on second draft euphoria! Muse or no muse you deserve to walk around on a cloud and take a short break. Don’t you just love the feeling when you accomplish something awesome like that? *raises champagne flute for you*

    I hope I’ll get a lot of writing done this weekend. I’m on the east coast and the snow is a-coming. I’ve already put Mr. E on notice he should be ready for some serious work. 🙂

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    • Hmm, I’d better tell my Muse no pub crawls this weekend 😉 Yep, with that snow storm, you have little excuse to not get some writing done. Go, Write, Win! (and no, no one has ever mistaken me for a cheerleader 😉 ) I’m looking forward to tweaking my mss, since I’ve gotten some feedback from a few people of note, namely a couple almost-mentors from Pitch Wars and an agent who rejected my mss. She did, however, tell me to send her anything else I’ve got, so I really need to hammer on that WIP.

      Stay warm! Stay safe! And write lots!

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  2. Ha ha. He’s a tough muse. Doesn’t he know that he’s supposed to encourage you to give it a bit of a rest? You’ll get book fatigue! Congrats on getting it done, Julie. Celebrate!

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    • Thanks, Diana! I’m going to take a break from writing tonight, maybe finish up the latest J D Robb book between cleaning and watching Blue Bloods (I’m still a sucker for Tom Selleck 🙂 ). Maybe even a dip in the hot tub…


  3. Julie, your muse is one tough cookie! 😀 You fight your corner eh! And he does hand you the odd ‘posh’ chocolate – yummy. These posts always have me smiling, I love them. Then a big CONGRATULATIONS on finishing the second first draft. Or is that the now the second draft! Or the the third draft ready to be edited? I’m confusing myself here…brilliantly done and you definitely deserve a rest. Can you put your muse on pause?

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    • Thanks, Annika! These posts are fun to write, and keep me in touch with my Muse. I’m so glad to be finally finished with the second run at my first draft, my first draft with the new plot lines. I’m taking a break of sorts today, cleaning and other odd chores rather than write. Tomorrow, back to writing! 🙂

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  4. Congrats! That’s a huge accomplishment. But you may want to tell your muse to take a powder! You deserve a break! Yay you!

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