Friday, March 4, 2011

This Book Brought to You By

Every book feels impossible.  Every single time, when I start a book and have that huge weight and balance of words pending, I think, how the CRAP do I do this?  And every single time, when I am in the middle, I think, I am never going to finish.  This will be the story I can't do.  I'm done.  How on earth did I ever manage to finish those other books?  I literally can't remember.  Maybe I didn't.  Because I'm sure as heck not going to be able to finish this one.

And then, somehow, word by word, impossibly, the book gets written.

Every ending I hit (and this is my seventh) feels like something of a miracle.

But I don't do it alone.  I owe overcoming that middle-of-the-book malaise to Florence + The Machine and her wonderful, otherworldly, fantastical songs.  I owe the motivation to put in chapter after chapter on nights when I was too tired to do it on my own to Shannon Messenger and Scott Tracey for always being up to word war with me and force me to focus everything I could into thirty minutes.  I owe the motivation from non-stop encouragement and cheerleadering and occasional berating without which I could not first-draft to Natalie Whipple.  I owe the comfort of infinite QMG WHY ARE OUR JOBS SO HARD AND WHY DO I SUCK AT LIFE SO MUCH commiserating emails that made everything either funnier or less painful to Stephanie Perkins.  I owe the serious picking-up-of-slack to my wonderful and infinitely patient husband.  And I owe my kids several dozen bedtime stories to make up for all the nights I told them I was going to the library but instead snuck back into my office and wrote at home.  Hopefully this book can finance their future therapy sessions when they discover how much I lied to them.

Ahem.  I've never written the final book in a series before.  It is infuriating and devastating and liberating and a lot of other -ings all at the same time.  As much as I was desperate to just FINISH THE DANG BOOK, I cried when I wrote the last sentence.  I love this book.  I love this series.  I love Evie and her pink Taser and her way of barreling through life trying to figure out just what on earth she's supposed to do with all of the madness around her.

But I digress.  I'm not going to talk about the book since it'll be eighteen months before you can even read this one.  Suffice it to say, I'm more than a little relieved that I have a few edits ahead of me and can draw out my time with Evie even longer.  I like her.  A lot.

And now, to sum up:

Pages: 309
Words: 78877
Chapters: I stopped counting
Appearances of the word "bleep": 51
Number of Yetis, Unicorns, Selkies, and Dragons: 12ish.
Number of tasings: 2
Amount of trouble Evie finds herself in: Infinite
Number of times it felt impossible to write this book: I stopped counting
Number of times I get to write THE END at the end of my first trilogy: 1

This book brought to you by Florence + The Machine, Paramore, and Dr Pepper, none of whom are sponsoring me, but all of whom are welcome to.

And now you are probably wondering, just what does someone do to celebrate completing her very first trilogy?

I've got big plans.

Today, when my daughter is in school and my son is at preschool?

I am going to nap.

And it is going to be epic.

After that, the weekend off, and then diving into as many edits as I can cram in before I turn my baby in to Editor Erica on April 1st.  And then?  I start playing with a new friend named Isadora and pretending like maybe this time it won't feel impossible.

39 comments:

Tara Fouts said...

congrats, Kiersten!! :-)

Roni Loren said...

Congrats on reaching the end! And I feel EXACTLY like you do every time I write a book as well. I'm in that middle slog again thinking--this is going to be the one I screw up. This is going to be the classic sequel let down book. But all you can do is write through it.

lora96 said...

Wow! What an accomplishment! I wish you a fantastic nap. And a cupcake. With sprinkles on top.

My 5 Monkeys(Julie) said...

congrats and thats sad about Evie. But you have earned that nap, and totally excited for the next book.

Summer Inc said...

Wow, How accomplished you must feel to finish a complete series. Congratulations! I am so excited to read Supernaturally. My book club is reading Paranormalcy this month. I LOVED it! I cannot wait to for the meeting. I am hosting it and believe me Evie would be SO proud. I assure you we are going to have pink galore and everything pop culture can dish out for the meeting theme.

Btw I am so thrilled to hear more about Isadora. I love that name! I actually had a doll when I was little I named Isadora. Sounds so antique! Curiosity is getting the best of me wondering what you have in store for your fans in your next series!

dirtywhitecandy said...

Excellent post and congratulations! I'm nearing this stage too, and I've been through all the ups and downs you've documented. The conversations with friends who helped me keep going when I thought I was making a mess of it. The songs that unaccountably came up and said what the characters were feeling. The love-hate-love relationship. And now we start again.

Kristan said...

Congrats! Enjoy your nap, you certainly earned it!

Broken Angel said...

Congrats~ You've certainly earned your nap. And I hate reading the last book of a series. If it ends well, I'll be wallowing in my emo corner for the rest of the day.

JEM said...

Holy crapoli that's a huge accomplishment, congrats to you! Enjoy that heck out of that nap, and let me know if it's as magical as I remember from childhood.

Kiersten White said...

Summer--That makes me so happy!! Thank you : )

heidikins said...

Congratulations, my dear. May your next writing adventures be just as amazing and bring as much joy. :)

(I feel like I'm writing in a wedding guest book, or a graduation card or something.)

xox

Sara B. Larson said...

What an awesome accomplishment! I hope you enjoy that nap, you've earned it!

Katie P. said...

You have given me hope that I can finish my own trilogy. Hey, I'm only 80 pages into the first book. You've also reminded me to enjoy the journey because I'll miss it when I'm done.

I'll miss Evie, but I'm excited to meet Isadora!

Becky Wallace said...

Congrats! Here's a virtual Dr. Pepper with lots of crunchy ice...to drink after your nap.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Yay for the nap! Hope it's delicious.

Michelle Wolfson said...

Congratulations!!!! Yay Evie!!You are seriously awesome.

And eek!! You said her name! Isadora is real!!!! omg I love her so much!!!!!!!

Did I use enough exclamation points?!?!?!

Kiersten White said...

Michelle, I know! I said her name! Now I'm committed.

Eep.

Debbie Barr said...

Yay for you and your book and finishing and being awesome!

And I feel better knowing extremely talented/dedicated writers like you still feel like it's impossible sometimes.

Amanda J. said...

*squee* SO EXCITING!!! :D *happy dance*

Ahem. I mean, that's wonderful. Congratulations! :P

Ishta Mercurio said...

Yay! Go, Kiersten, go Kiersten!

And enjoy your nap. They're hard to come by these days, I hear.

Carrie Dair said...

Woo hoo! You go girl!!! What an awesome post. I so needed to hear so many of these things today. Especially about Yetis...and Unicorns. Yeah...just awesome. :) Congrats on finishing the series. VERY cool.

Megs said...

Ooh, looking forward to getting to know Isadora. I love the sound of that name; so much potential! ;) Again, congrats (especially on the nap)!

Candice said...

Congratulations!

Eve S. D'ropper said...

This is a comment about chocolate. Not really. Well, it is now. :)

12ish is my favorite amount of Yetis, Unicorns, Selkies and Dragons. :D

I knewthere would be a sequel! As soon as I started seriously running out of pages without running out of plot, I knew there would be a sequel--can't wait for Supernaturally! :D

Keep writing, throughout everything! My favorite writer's saying (well, one of them. Out of very, very many) is "You can't edit a blank page." :) It's kind of the underlying point of NaNoWriMo. Have you ever participated in that? National Novel Writer's Month...ah, well, guess I'd better bring my ginormous comment to an end. :) Sorry for being so wordy! Hope you have a fabulous day--can't wait to stop by again!

~Eve S. D'ropper, of http://wordsfromthehallway.blogspot.com

Kris said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Can't wait - but must - for the book. You... are torturing me with the idea that somewhere out there exists third book of the series, and I can't even read the second! D:

Enjoy your nap. I was just talking to someone about how much we hate naps as children but miss them when we grow up. I wish I could never grow up and somehow have adult rights at the same time. It's a tempting impossibility.

writergal24 said...

Congrats!!!

Michelle said...

Time for an epic celebration with your hubby!!! Congrats, Kiersten. :-)

Jessica Love said...

Congratulations!

*Dr. Pepper toast*

Lois D. Brown said...

I'm glad to know that others feel that way when they write. Sad thing is, when I finish I book one of the first things I say to myself is, "Can I do it again?" Why can't we just enjoy our accomplishments?

Athena Reader said...

Congratulations on finishing the book! Have a fun nap!

OfficeGirl said...

I wish I could take a nap. But that will never happen with laundry waiting for me. Congrats on the wrap up!

Farmer*swife a/k/a Glass_Half_Full said...

Awesome. I long to be where you are (well, maybe at least complete my WIP) before I turn 40. That gives me 1 1/2 years. Wait, One year and four months.

Wendy said...

Go you! I rarely reach endings. It's pretty awesome though.

I still don't get what "acronym" means... explain?

Sarah said...

WoW! amazing! I just want to ask one question. I'm trying to write a book (trying is the word...) and just wondered what you would consider an average length for a novel to work out what length i need to work towards. I only wish i can be half as succesful as you in the future!

And by the way, i still love the covers! i want supernaturally now now now!

Whirlochre said...

Past glories are often the worst form of prowlers.

So — looking forward to Isadora (after Evie 2 & 3 and all the inevitable corsetesque sub-flings of your sublime waft).

As for sucking at life — far better than blowing nonsense, or suffocating.

At the bottom of the ocean and way up in the heavens, mermaids and aliens are synching fins and flibbulo-antennae, exchanging news from terra firma that (and you'll have heard me say this before), Kiersten is awesome...

Kiersten White said...

Sarah--If you are writing YA, you're going to want to aim for anywhere between 55-95k.

Jenn Johansson said...

That's so great! Congrats on finishing your series. Can't wait to get more Evie and meet Isadora. Enjoy your epic nap!

Natalie Aguirre said...

That's awesome. And Shannon and Natalie are cool. I follow their blogs. Congrats on getting your manuscript done.

Sheepa said...

Congrats!!!!!
Can't wait to meet Isadora, I think she will be lovely. (But right now Evie rocks, so no one can be better than her! Hehe :D)