The End – It’s not really though . . .

I’m reaching the end of my book (finally) and I feel like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. I know very shortly I’ll be typing those two little words that all authors love to see.  But it’s not really the end.  I have to go back and do all my timeline checks and geographical setups.  I have to make sure that someone that died early on in the book isn’t still hanging out halfway through. (I’ve done that once already and it sucks; very time consuming to go back and replace all those names and adjust the scenes.) Then after all that I still have to go over the entire book again for editing; maybe two more times.  And I just know I’ll change or add stuff; probably add. I’ve never edited any of my stories and ended up with less words than started with. But the feeling of relief when you type The End that first time is memorable.  Since this will be my first full length novel (I’ve written a lot of short stories and a novella) for me it’s not really the end but a beginning as well.

Thoughts on writing ideas . . .

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I love the way being a writer makes you see things differently.  My husband had a horrible nightmare a couple weeks ago and instead of being sympathetic I pulled out my laptop and told him to give me all the details so I could turn it into a short story.  A week later I had a nice 2000 word story out of it.  Then a friend at work commented on the horrible nightmare she had the night before.  I sat down and listened to her then pulled out a pen and paper and asked her to tell it to me again.  She also agreed to let me write a story based on it. Still working on that one.

Sometimes it takes the most normal thing to make me want to write something.  We just came back from a 5-day cruise to Mexico and our stateroom was at the front of…

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A blast from the past . . .

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Years ago I was part of a forum, yes there were forums in the old days, that was a Richard Laymon fan group. We were small but because close. Even though the forum is long gone the group is still around, just now on Facebook.  We are all still good friends even though we span the globe.  Back in 2007 we used to do what we called our “Kooky Stories” contest.  You would have five items (usually weird or unusual) and you had to write a story including those five items. Afterwards we voted and the winner got to pick the next five items for the next contest.  One of my stories, Merry Christmas, was written November 2, 2007. After all this time I don’t remember what the five words were.  But it made for a silly, gory Christmas story; because that’s what we were all about. I thought I’d…

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