One of the moments I love the most when writing is when I can type THE END on the first draft of a manuscript.  Today, I did that with SYLO III.  However, that euphoria is always short lived because you are then faced with one of the most difficult moments of the writing process.  It’s when you’re sitting with your finger hovering over the mouse as the curser sits on the “Send” button.  Once you hit that button, your story flies out to the world and is no longer yours.  Gulp.

Actually, most of my manuscripts don’t finish with “The End”.  They finish with “To be continued…”  But not the final books.  So as with The Soldiers of Halla and The Blood, I’ve wrapped up another story and completed the saga of SYLO and the kids from Pemberwick Island.  It’s sort of bittersweet.  Sweet because it’s always great to finish a huge project.  Bitter because, well, I’m not really done.  Now comes the re-writing process.  Yeesh.  So I never feel as though I’m completely done until I see the book on a shelf.

Also, I’m not revealing the title yet.  I’m still holding out until the last possible moment to avoid another “Pendragon The Great” snafu.  (Besides, STORM hasn’t even been published yet!)  This past weekend I actually thought about changing the title of SYLO III for reasons I won’t mention here because they would be huge spoilers. But I changed something else instead and decided to keep the current title.  But that just shows how the work goes right up to the last second.  Just before I hit “send”, I made that huge change in the manuscript!

So, now it’s time to take a little breather and turn my thoughts to what might be next.  I’ve already got  something brewing…

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5 Comments on “SYLO III”

  1. Dustin Fain says:

    I absolutely devoured the first SYLO book in 24 hours. I would not stop reading. It had so many twist and turns. So well written and just amazing overall. I can tell this is going to be one AMAZING trilogy. I also loved the ending. Not going to give any spoilers, but ill just say this, WOW. PERFECTLY WRITTEN!!!! Another stunning job by an amazing author. Please keep writing.

  2. D.J. MacHale says:

    Thanks, Dustin. I think you’re going to like what’s coming up!

  3. Sophia Harris says:

    I’m up to chapter 19 (I thought I was on 18 hah) and I’m loving it so far! I can’t wait to know what happens next! Oh, and by the way, I’ve read the entire series of Morpheus Road,and let me tell you, I didn’t know what to do with my life after I read all three books. And I was also upset it was the end of it because I had a strange crush on Cooper (still do hahah). Keep up the great writing! Biggest fan!

  4. D.J. MacHale says:

    Well Sophia, at least you’ve still got two and a half more SYLO books to go!

  5. Kevin says:

    Hi D.J. MacHale I just finished SYLO about a week ago and I loved it, I’m the kinda guy that doesn’t like most books and I loved SYLO and cant wait for storm to come out. And I’m sure you wont respond to this because you have better things to do but I have a couple questions if your willing to answer. Thanks

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