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…