No, this is not the end of the blog post. I am just pointing out that those are the two most satisfying words to write.
I just thought I would do it one more time to feel how good it felt.
But as much as I like writing those words, I know (as every writer does) that the words the end, are hardly the end of the all. Writing them usually just means that you finished the 1st draft.
And there still will be a 2nd, maybe a 3rd. Then there will be revising, and more revising, and more revising….
But there will be one day when you finally come to the point when the story is finished. How you decide it’s finished is up to you. Maybe because you couldn’t change one more single thing without sending yourself to a mad house. Maybe because your editor’s notes were down to “fix the margins on your paragraphs”. Maybe it just felt right in your soul. Maybe a pigeon came and knocked on your window and said “you’re finished.”
Whatever. Every story gets to that point.
(I think I had a point to this post but I lost it somewhere along the way when I started talking about pigeons. Why am I here again???)
I just finished such a project. It was originally started in 2014 (I’m dubious on the exact date. My files say July but I remember it being cold???). My sci-fi short story titled When the Crows Murdered the Moor.
It took me a flipping total of 4 and a half years to write and a polish a 9,000 words long piece. What the heck.
Honestly there are a lot of reasons this piece took me so long. First off, I was a lot younger. I also was ( and still am) working on multiple projects, of which the Moor took the back burner. I would take months off from working on it, and I was in no particular rush.
With the help of my fantastic editor, many meetings in coffee shops, it’s finally polished and ready. I’m excited to see what’s going to happen, if anything is going to happen.
If anything does I’ll let you all know.
It’s a good feeling to be at the end of the journey, also knowing knowing I’m at the beginning of a new one (deep man *nods head sagely*). Submitting to magazines and contests is fun, but it’s also nerve racking. So basically it’s:
All depending on the day.
But what is the Moor even ABOUT? Well, there’s old houses, crows, doppelgangers, and did I mention crows??
There you have it.
(have a good week!)