This is the one you’ve been waiting for. Or maybe it’s only me that’s been waiting for this one. But here it is. I’ve officially completed King’s Mark!!
Writing a book is both more and less work than I thought. The things that scared me about writing a novel-length project were hardly blips on the radar – I didn’t get bored with my characters or my story. I didn’t have to write tons of boring connecting bits. I do have a large enough vocabulary, and my writing style isn’t too elementary (I still get little pangs of inferiority when I read some of my favorite stuff, because comparatively I have a very simple style). But I was totally able to do it.
Some other things didn’t scare me enough, it seems. I was pretty confident that I could get through revisions pretty quick – the story was solid, right? And I tend to turn out pretty clean first drafts. I expected quick little changes. No. On just this final revision, after tons of changes in the second revision, I tore out 7200 words of tossed scenes (it would be more if I counted all the little bits I deleted or rewrote) and added about 12000 new words. Compared to writing the book, it went quickly, but it was a much more agonizing process. It makes me want to outline, but although I’ve worked out some waypoints for Thieves of Moirai, it appears I need another demonstration to convince me it’s necessary. Or possibly, this is just the way I’m going to work, forever and ever.
Anyway, it’s 2:30am and I’m very sleepy, so any further analyzing will have to wait. Tonight, I sleep!
Tomorrow, I feast and celebrate with Coca-cola and a movie at the theater!
And Tuesday, I send it away to the first agents on my list!