In my first blog post I mentioned “success” as it related to the various stages of completing a novel. It started when someone asked me at what point would I consider my book a “success”. Looking back and knowing how White Wolf Moon turned out I would consider it successful but not just because it paid for itself and even made me a little money.

I believe in celebrating the little successes along the way, from completion of that first draft through all the steps along the way to that first sale. I would guess that there are thousands of people that never finish that first draft because writing a novel, especially the first one, isn’t as easy a task as most think. Then there’s that unforgiving first read-through and edit. Some of those lines that felt so right at the time…well, they’re not quite so right on the read-through and suffer the wrath of the ‘delete’ key. It’s a lot of work this writing thing and the completion of each phase deserves a self-imposed pat on the back.

Here I am at pat number one. Yes I still need an ending (and I have three in mind) but as with the first book I’m leaving it until I’ve completed the reading. I’ve decided that there won’t be a third book, at least not along these lines. It’s time to try something different so the ending of this book will be, well…the end. I just want to make sure I tie up all the loose threads in this one.

I’ve started the read-through and so far haven’t made any major changes. I’ve changed a few lines due to the aforementioned “not quite so right” syndrome but overall I’m happy with the progress.


Between wrap-up and reading I took a couple of days and laid a wolf-themed paint job on my RC truck with colors based on the cover of White Wolf Moon. By the way, the lupus in the photo is one of four toy wolves I found at a thrift shop and is the same scale (1/10) as the truck. I think it’s important to take little breaks like this as when I get back to the computer I see what I’ve done with fresher eyes.

Plus I allow myself a little time to celebrate success number one.


5 comments on “IT’S ALL OVER BUT THE ENDING!!

  1. I think you give a valid point about many writers not even attempting to complete a first draft. We have to remember that and, yes, pat ourselves on the back. Writing is a tough industry with many challenges and knock backs along the way – we have to appreciate the hurdles we do manage to cross. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Mike Grant says:

      Every stage has tough parts but mostly they’re mental. I’m trying to change hats and do a serious technical critical read-through but I’m finding myself just reading. I haven’t read some of it for nearly a year and I’m quite enjoying the parts I’d forgotten about. I’ve changed horses and I’m simply going to read the whole thing then go back and pick it apart on a second reading.

  2. dmauldin53 says:

    I do try to take breaks so that I can come back to my work refreshed and with new eyes, but I’ve never thought about giving myself a pat on the back. I will have to try that one. I am in the pangs of writing my first novel. It is hard work, but I’m determined to see it through. I have wanted this for way too long to quit now.

    • Mike Grant says:

      As I wasn’t intending on actually publishing the first book I didn’t really feel the pressure to complete it although it still took a lot of dedication to get it done. Your first ‘pat on the back’ came when you decided to settle in and do it…mine was. People try to make that first draft perfect and that just adds extra pressure…just write and let it out. Edits and re-reads are for polishing it up and they require two different hats…the creative and the technical. Wear the creative when writing and leave the technical hanging until that draft is done. The thoughts flow much easier when you’re not picking out comma placement. I pat you on the back…congrats on getting this far!!

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