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!