Novel Success!

Five months of writing to the date.
86,456 words.
335 pages.

Having a finished novel sitting on my desk …

I finished my paranormal romance novel Reap ‘Em & Weep tonight. You’ll read this tomorrow sometime. It feels like a real accomplishment. I sort of like just carrying it around.

I have no idea if it will ever see the light of day but I always wondered if I could do it. Stick it out until the end. See it through. Turns out I can. That feels pretty damn good.

The only thing better than having a project is having a completed project.

My plan now is to let it sit and percolate for a couple of weeks per Stephen King’s advice in his book On Writing. The idea is that when you go back to it and read it to do so in one or two sittings so you don’t lose focus on it. Also, after letting it sit for a while and going on to new things, it will be like reading someone else’s writing. You’ll have more perspective on it.

I think that idea is swell.

Bryon is begging me to read it. Now that it’s done, I’m chicken to share it. It’s not ready. I know there are some plot inconsistencies I need to iron out. Other things I need to flesh out. Still more I need to take out. I think it will be like a scab that you can’t stop picking. At some point, I’m going to have to share it. And I will, I promise. I can’t keep a secret, let alone something this big.

Just not now. Just not yet. I need to pick at it a bit more first.

Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to do it. Thanks to Bryon and Grace who endured Ramen noodles and Beanie Weanies more nights than were probably healthy.

Tomorrow I plan to start another one. A rolling stone gathers no moss. This isn’t a sequel yet, although I have at least two more in mind for a Reap ‘Em series. God knows how I like a series.

I’ll let you know a little about the next one when I get rolling, for now I can tell you it’s going to be based on the Worst Case Scenario books. Did you know they have a paranormal one? They do my friend, they really do.


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