My file still contains plenty of notes that say things like “Consider revising” and “check for repetition” and “were you going to do something with this?” But I typed the words “The End” in my file today. And then thought, ugh, that’s silly, the reader knows it’s the end and deleted them. Still, the point is that I reached a conclusion to a story. Yay, me!
It’s a little short — the current version just barely breaks 60,000 words, so it’s a quick read. I thought I’d probably add a few thousand words on my first editing pass, and I did, but I also deleted a few thousand words, so net gain of editing was negligible.
I don’t think I’ll be adding any more scenes. I wondered before I did my first read whether maybe I could — maybe a breakfast scene, maybe another outing somewhere? — but it felt very cohesive when I was reading it. If I added, it wouldn’t be because there are missing scenes, it would be adding just for the sake of adding, which is not something I feel inclined to do. I think it’s just going to be a short book.
I’m too close to it to know if it’s any good, of course, but it’s a little bit of a ghost story, a little bit of a mystery, and a lot of a romance. I did not expect those proportions to turn out that way. I specifically thought sometime back in December when I returned to this story that I wasn’t going to worry about writing a “romance.” Although what I said back then was that I’d be writing “stories that maybe wind up with happy endings where good people who like one another end up looking toward the future together” and that’s actually a very apt description for what my main characters wound up doing.
I guess I should set a release date. And ask for some beta readers, do a few more editing passes, write a book description… maybe that’s all for later, though. I think today I’m just patting myself on the back. Shine on, self!
This makes me so happy. And it sounds perfect! You do shine.
Yes, pat yourself on the back! Repeatedly and proudly.
And I’d be happy to beta read.
When the time comes.
I actually already shared the google doc with you, but then I held off on sending you the message, figuring I ought to at least clean up my own notes first. Soon! Maybe even later today 🙂
Absolutely! A pat on the back and a “Well done!” are in order. I know the satisfied feeling of having finished working on something. I finished a quilt last night–nothing compared to your finishing a book, but the feeling is the same. Success! Another thought is that what we create will live long after we’re gone. Congratulations!
p.s. Please add me to your list of beta readers.
Oh, you’re there already! But you’re so good at the tiny, easily missed mistakes, that I only want you to read it after I’ve made all the revisions. Soon. Not today, but soon!
Angela Stone said:
I Beta read for one other author. If you need someone, email me at below.
Hmm, for some reason, your email address didn’t make it through. I don’t think my comments automatically strip emails out, but maybe. You can try emailing me at sarah at sarahwynde-dot-com?
Yay! A future Sarah Wynde book to look forward to ! Virtual pat and atta girl!
Sound great already. can wait to read it. I read all the other books too.