Anyone remember this guy? He’s concept art from my novel that I was working on a while back. Why am I showing you this now, you ask? Good question…
After I finished my novella, Greyheart, and got some of my short stories published last year, I spent the remainder of the year focusing on a major writing project. My first full-length novel. I had titled it, Black Beetles: Initiation, because it was meant to be the first in a trilogy following the group of thieves known as The Black Beetles.
This story was grand, impressive, inviting, and an absolute blast to write. I was so pumped up for this story, that whenever someone asked about it I couldn’t help myself from outlining the entire plot and then jumping into all of the greatest moments. I adored this story. But then I ran into a snag with the ending. I had about five different endings outlined for it, but couldn’t figure out which one was best. Each ending was a different puzzle piece that didn’t quite fit with the rest of the picture.
But after writing my latest novella and submitting it for a contest and publication, I started playing around with different endings for the full-length novel again, not expecting to get any further than previous attempts. This time, however, something clicked. The words fell into the right place, the conflict and action took a direct route.
I wrote the end to my story.
Now I have a huge fantasy novel just sitting on my computer, waiting to be edited into a glorious book.
THAT’S why there’s a picture of my main character up there, getting spooked and looking over his shoulder as he plunders a corrupt mage’s mansion. THAT’S why I’ve secluded myself indoors, stockpiling tea and pretzels so I have adequate fuel to work on this thing. Because the end is in sight.
DID YOU HEAR ME?! THE END IS IN SIGHT!!
The story is already written, the first draft done, the bone structure – and even most of the musculature and nervous system, I guess – is all there. Now it’s about going through with a critical eye and making the story actually read like a story. You know: show don’t tell, flowing prose, coherent sentences, vivid metaphors, varied sentence structure, accurate vocabulary… All that jazz.
The story is THAT much closer to being published. It’s only a matter of time before you’ll be holding a finished version in your hands. Patience!