Am I done? Maybe.

My only goal today was to do some writing. I’ve previously mentioned that Once Upon a Time in the Swamp required a long denouement.

My intent here was to wrap things up, but also provide a potential future for Mari. I have no intention of a sequel, but I want readers to know life goes on after her traumatic events. Today, I reached that point.

Mari’s tale came in over 70,000 words, but that’s not real lengthy. I’m of the mind a story will be as long as it needs to be. I like the story, but there are always things to second guess about one. Time for that later.

At some point, I’m going to have to spend some real money on cover art for all these stories. I think they’re worth the cost of good art, and that industry also needs a few patrons. In fact that gives me an idea for a possible Story Empire post in the future.

It’s time for me to embrace the thing I hate most about these projects… editing. I have three finished books at this time. They are tentatively called:

Of Space Chimps & Asteroids

Goodbye Old Paint

Once Upon a Time in the Swamp

I think I’ll pick up Percy the Space Chimp and see if I can shove his story through AutoCrit. This is somewhat dubious, because I’m going to have to try using the ancient Mac for the website, and my iPad for the corrections. Things were so much simpler when I had two iPads, but iOS won’t let the old one update anymore.

I don’t expect this to be a single day event, and know it won’t be particularly easy. If I can make that work, my next step will be to read it from start to finish and make it suitable for the public. This one will be held back until I can write two more volumes.

After that, the other titles will follow that same path… maybe.

Already second guessing this. Old Paint is a Hat story, and therefore, the shortest of the three. Maybe I should try this experiment on that one first. Ugh!

Either way, I’m determined to start this next phase this weekend. That means no drafting of new material for at least a month. Deep breath, but it’s time to shift gears now. Fingers crossed.



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42 responses to “Am I done? Maybe.

  1. Good luck with the editing, Craig. It’s my least favorite part of writing, but a necessity. I haven’t yet used AutoCrit, but I’ve downloaded it. Hope you make the progress you want!

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  2. It’s definitely a change of hats. I’d say trust your intuition about which project to work on next.

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  3. Best wishes, and good luck. Don’t hustle. All will get well. Enjoy your weekend! xx Michael

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  4. Good luck. Having to edit 3 stories seems like a tiring juggling act.

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  5. Is Autocrit better than Grammarly?

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  6. When I read your blog title, I confess, I thought you meant to stop writing. Shew! Glad that’s not true! Good luck with edits! I’m in the same mess–with three on my hands at the moment.

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  7. A wonderful conundrum, to be so prolific that you have three stories waiting for editing, but yes, editing isn’t the most fun. Your fortitude and tenacity are inspiring, Craig. And I really love this look on your site with the ice fairies. Magical.

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  8. Woohoo! You’re making lots of progress. It must feel good to have all that finished work.

    I managed to wrap my WIP today and am celebrating with a glass of wine. Cheers!

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  9. I’m just the opposite – I prefer editing to drafting. Congrats on having three manuscripts complete, Craig!

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  10. Congrats on three finished drafts, and hope once you start editing, you shift into that mode and make great progress.

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  11. So you write three books at time and then go back and edit? How long did it take you to write them? I like your goal just to do some writing. And I agree the length of book is what it takes to tell the story.

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    • I generally write two at once. One is a solo tale, the other is part of a series of short novels. The third is a new way for me of doing a trilogy. I’m holding those all back until it’s complete. Generally, I can complete three drafts per year, but at least one will be a short novel. Hope that helps.

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  12. I actually enjoy editing, Craig, but I know it can be a drag for writers who are full of stories and hate to slow down for the grueling part of getting a story ready. Congrats on the focus on writing though. You got a lot done!

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  13. Hi Craig, I am the opposite to you, I love the editing stage. It is easier as the story is there and it is fun to polish and improve.

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