Today I wrote the final words in my latest project. Remember that novel? I briefly mentioned it not long ago in an earlier post (click here). I called it “junkpunk”. This is only the completed first draft but it’s the hardest part of writing, getting the story out on the page. I added characters I never intended beforehand, wove together subplot threads I never had routed in my notes, and found more intriguing solutions to planed and spontaneous problems. Overall, it was a great experience. I love the story. Sometimes there are secrets to a story I never knew about and the first draft is always about discovery, no matter how much I/you want to plan.
Anyway, now is the part where I put the manuscript aside for a couple of weeks, recharge the batteries by working out other projects, and then come back around for an edit or two. Editing is never fun. It’s tedious but a must. Not hard, just mind-numbly detailed oriented, it can sometimes take less time too.
I’m still not sure what I’m going to do with the novel. I think it’s my best work to date and a work that many people will find exciting. Do I try gauging the interest of agents and editors or do I self-publish the novel myself as I’m doing with the Our Monsters Chronicles? That is the question… right now I’m on the fence.