At the end of the trail…..


That’s my sigh of satisfaction, having just written the real final line of the novel in progress. I wrote the last chapter weeks ago of course, only to decide it needed an epilogue to tie up some loose threads and give a better sense of closure.

Not every loose thread. Not one tidy bow. But so ends my first major edit. I’ll take a couple days off to clear my head, then launch into a second edit. This one will focus on polishing and trimming. My word count is a little higher than I (and my agent) want it to be (anyone surprised?), and I’ve made a list of minor changes to work in. This edit will be fast, done by the end of the year, God willing.

So. A little progress report to mark this December day.

And by the by, I read a very good post today from author (The War of Art) Steven Pressfield, about Villains, and why we must give them their say. And make it believable! “The villain… carries the counter-theme. The more convincing his case, the better the story.”Click over and share in his writing wisdom!

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