Done! But not really

I hit the end of the novella yesterday. I’m not entirely happy with the final scenes, but aware that I suck at endings. It’s bound to need work, and I can fix that once I have reader feedback. It’s great to get to ‘the end’, but I know it’s not finished.

Once I’d got my head back into the story after finishing up with Tales I realized that the changes I had made weren’t enough. There were still areas where I could make it stronger and I have a bunch of notes relating to those, waiting for me to address them. I can’t send it out to my readers as is! I’m sure it’s ‘okay’ but it’s not the best it can be, and I don’t want to settle for ‘okay’. This is where it gets fiddly. I need to make sure that what I add is followed through and consistent throughout the novella. Thankfully, I am sure my readers will tell me where I missed spots.

Ultimately I know there are two big things still to address. I have my head around one of them, it’s the other that is still giving me a little trouble. I need to find a way to show how Christy gets to where she is at the start of the story, without huge info dumps or back story. I can do it, it will just take me a few days to figure out the perfect way. I’m kind of hoping that as I make the other changes, the right spot will become obvious. Even typing this, some thoughts crop up. I love blogging for that reason (and others, but that’s a big one!)

I’m going to let it sit for a couple of days while I plot outline for Chasing Ascension and build my wall of inspiration. I may play around with/try to finish a short story I started ages ago, in order to still be writing. But we’ll see – it’s a long weekend here in NZ, and a family one with my Nana’s birthday lunch later today.

Hope everyone has a nice weekend lined up!

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6 thoughts on “Done! But not really

    1. It is, but still, more work to do… always more work! I wonder if I will ever feel like it’s really done? Or just done enough for submission

      1. Cassie, don’t sell yourself short. Reaching the end of a story is a major milestone and is a great feeling.

        It takes me sometimes 1/2 the time to edit a book then I spent writing it.That’s just part of the process.

        Reaching the end of the first draft feels great. Smoke a Cuban cigar rolled on the thigh of a virgin and slap the wife on the ass. You deserve it!

  1. Even if you feel that you’re not really at the end (honestly, does any novel ever really end?) I know how amazing it feels to get there and I’m really proud of you for doing it. You’ve been working so hard. Now hurry and get that novel to me!

    1. Thanks, Chibi 🙂 I will, very soon, send it your way. I’m just compiling the list of changes still to be made so that you can keep those things in mind 😛

  2. Anthony – initially I spent just one month writing this novella! lol it has taken me much longer than that to get it battered into the shape it is now 🙂 But then, I was a much newer writer all those years ago. I cannot wait to see what shape my first drafts turn out these days. It’s been far too long since I wrote a new novel! Not long til I am launching into one now, though.

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