Ends and beginnings

Looks like it’s been over a month since my last post. I don’t think anyone’s really waiting eagerly for me to post anything, but it feels good to know I update regularly – and bad when I don’t. You know what I mean.

Since last I’ve finished the fourth draft of Emma’s Story. Finished it today actually, so it took a little over a month to get it all done. More time than I’d have wished for, but not too bad, and at least it’s done.

I made a post on FB about it and got about a handful of volunteers asking to test read it for me. I expect at least two of them to get back to me with feedback. Anything else is a bonus.

It feels good to be done. Barring any radical protests, I think this is it for Emma’s Story. I won’t make any more changes to the content and any edits from now on will be for grammar and spelling.

At least, I hope so.

It’s a little bit scary, but it’s also exciting.

What’s next then?

I’m thinking I should at least have a look at what publishing is and how it’s done. I’m not sure how much I really want to invest in that though, both for time and for money. I only have this one story to sell, and nothing else. My understanding is that in order to sell you need to have a following, and in order to have a following you need to have stories for people to read.

Stories, lots of them.

I’ve got a few stories written, but none that are good enough I’m comfortable asking people to pay for them. I’ll get there, but it’s going to be a while. I’m even thinking of not publishing Emma’s Story just yet, but wait until I have other stories that are closer to being done.

Primarily, I’d like to finish Enar’s Vacation. It’s a novel length story, and I’d like to think it’s got potential. It just needs a lot of work before it’s up to scratch. It’s five or six years since I started on it and my writing has come a long way since that time.

My plan was to start working on it after Emma’s Story was done – which is now. I decided to start by re-reading the story, and as I did it dawned on me what a monumental task it will be. The writing isn’t bad as such, it’s just not anywhere close to the way I write today.

I could start tinkering and editing and rewriting scenes and passages, but I’m not sure that’s such a good idea. I don’t know that I can write it in the same way I did back then. My style has changed so much – the way I write and the way I tell my stories. It’d be like the story was written by two different people, of wildly differing styles.

Better start over from scratch.

It can be done. I think I can do it, and that I can do it well. It’s just a whole load of work, and it’s really daunting. I’ll do it. I think I’m pretty sure I’ll do it. I just need some time to get used to the idea of spending the rest of the year with this one story instead of any of the other ones I’ve been wanting to write.

Then again, it might go faster this time around. I know what all the scenes are about, and while there are changes that need to be made, not everything will have to be different.

I just need to get used to the idea…

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Ends and beginnings

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