Last week, I finished the final rough draft of “Lotus.” This is the novel that I have been writing on since 2007 and now all that is left are edits. When I typed that final word, I felt the ending of something that has been apart of my life for a very long time. It was perfect. It felt like I finally accomplished something. Even though I have ended this novel before. This time it felt right.
This weekend the novel went to the editor. I know there will be plenty of changes and suggestions. I just have to remember what story line I wrote and make sure that I don’t confuse it with previous drafts. Though I loved the original story, I knew that certain things had to change. Novels evolve over time and this one is no exception because people also evolve so “Lotus” changed and grew with me.
Being a writer, one has to understand and accept that not everything you write is wonderful. At the same time, that is why you have dedicated readers that will tell you the truth, question you, and if they have to, make you cry. It’s also the editor’s job to rip everything apart so that only the best shines.
So while “Lotus” is on the editor’s desk, I will be working on a new project. I have several that are in various stages of development. However, this one that I am deeming “Secret Project” until I discover the perfect title, has been yelling at me and pushed out the others. So I will be working on my character profiles, quirks of the story, a rough outline, and the prelude and first chapter. The rest of the novel will follow. I aim to use some kind of outline this time round. There will be definiant points that will need to be included in the novel so I better write them down so I don’t forget and go ‘oh dear.’
Here’s to the ends that only bring about new beginnings.