Finally! The novella is done!
It took a lot longer to finish this novella than expected. I mean, it’s barely 60,000 words. It took me longer to write it than it did to write the 124,000 +/- words of the first draft of Promise & Purpose. But it’s done. (Did you feel that breeze Wednesday afternoon? That was me letting out a major sigh of relief.) And hopefully it won’t need nearly as much work as Promise and Purpose did.
Because, of course, it’s the best thing I’ve ever written. I’m allowed to think that for now. I get a few days to bask in that glory. But that’s it.
Then it’s time to move on to the next trick. Well, actually, to go back to the previous one. Back to Book 3 for rewrites and revisions. Since it’s had to sit and stew for much longer than expected, my brain should be good and ready to work on it. After the brain gets acclimated.
I had fun meeting new characters and learning about them and their world, but it’ll be nice to get back to the “known” – Alexis, Tristan and all the other characters I know so well. Also the “known” as in today’s world. The novella takes place over 2,000 years ago. So now I have to fast-forward to…now. Get re-oriented with the modern world. Remind myself that they have cell phones and running water and don’t eat with their fingers. Well, most of them don’t. Some just eat with their fangs. Haha!
Anyway, I expect it might be a bit of a challenge. I’ve never done such an about face. And it’s been a long time since I’ve started revisions from the first draft. Since I shared all my woes and joys of new writing methods with these two stories, I imagine next I’ll be sharing what I learn with new revising methods.
So…here I go! Wish me luck. And speed. I need speed. Definitely getting behind on deadlines.
How do you handle switching between such different projects? Do you enjoy the change-up? Or does it take time to get back into each world? Or do you stay with the same story from beginning to end and avoid the confusion altogether?