I finished my ms. about an hour ago. Whoooo hoooo!
And I are exhausted. I simply don't sleep well when the book gets to this stage. I'm too worried I'm forgetting something, or missing something, or I'll find some huge problem on my final read-through.
Speaking of which, what is it about Chapters 6 - 10? Why must there always be a part in one of those chapters that requires a bit of serious revising? I swear it happens every single time...
Actually, I do have a theory. In those chapters, the relationship between the hero and heroine is moving from the first impression stage to the deeper knowledge phase. The meet and often erroneous initial assessments have passed, and now it's time to start setting the groundwork for the long-term relationship.
In other words, there's some pretty important stuff going on there. However, it's also pretty important stuff than may have to be changed as I progress through the rest of the book. What I thought needed to happen in Chapters 6 - 10 for the original ending I envisioned may not be what needs to happen when I actually get to The End. A lot can change from synopsis to finished manuscript.
So yep, a whole lotta revisin' going on in Chapters 6 - 10.
But for now, THE WARLORD'S BRIDE is done! And I really like it!