Novel almost done…

Took a trip with the family to Wisconsin Dells for their Spring Break, and as usual on these trips, Bets drove while I worked.  On this occasion, I worked on the approximately 115th draft of an epic fantasy I’m working on, tentatively entitled “Duster.”  And it’s nearly done.  This time for sure!  I filled in some key sections, and cleaned up the language some more.  I just have one more intersticial section to write, then I have to add in some names of very minor characters and locations, clean up the language some more, rewrite the most recent passages, clean up the language a little more…

Ok, maybe it’s not ALMOST done.  But it’s for sure NEARLY done.

Oh yeah, and then I have to find a publisher for it.  One of the reasons this book has taken so much longer than others is that I had to continually take time away from it for paying gigs.  Of course, that just makes it even more a labor of love.  And I’m at the stage where I do love it and think it’s the best thing I’ve ever written, rather than the stage where I hate it and all the characters in it and am wondering why I ever thought the book was a good idea in the first place.  Anything I write usually alternates between these two states several times before it is finished.  Naturally, the “I love it” state is much more fun to write during, but oddly the I hate it stage often produces better results.  Perhaps I’m a better editor when I hate the material?

I’ll have to start using the writer’s group rules and start with something nice when I critique myself…

“Nice font, Adam.  Now why does your prose suck so bad?”

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