I finished my novella ‘Mother of the Baskervilles’ today. There’s a warm glow of satisfaction whenever you complete a draft, and some times, like today, it can be accompanied by a slight sense of sadness. It’s like saying goodbye to a friend or coming to the end of a weekend or holiday. For now at least, the fun of the first draft is over.
Of course the fun and work are nowhere near over. There’s the second draft to come, then sending it out to readers, waiting impatiently for feedback and then you start all the rewrites and edits.
However, it’s good to take a break before diving into the redrafting and editing. So I guess it is goodbye, at least for a while, to Mrs Baskerville and her misadventures.
Now I need to focus something new from my ‘to write’ list.
Options (new material):
- Mistress Sugarplum’s boarding school for wayward fairies – a prison break story about rebellious pixies
- Untitled Regency-era vampire short story
- Cyberpunk/Noir detective story
- Daughter of the Scarlet Pimpernel
Then there’s always the possibility that I might hear back soon from my readers with some feedback about ‘The Land beneath the Shadows’ and which would mean starting my next edit.