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.