These characters are the most thought out characters I have written. In fact, this is the first time I have written with an outline, character development page—anything thought out really. My other story just came out through my fingertips, and I let the characters take me where they wanted to go. I realize now how many holes that left in the story, so now I am constantly going back and forth, noting everything that has to come back around. I enjoy this process much better, and I have learned to take my time so I can think of what needs to be said or added. It’s time consuming, but hopefully that makes the story complete. Like, complete, complete.
With all the back and forth and tying up loose ends, I am down to four and half chapters left. The last one was added by the characters (the only chapter added by the characters and not a part of the outline). Tomorrow, I will finish the chapter, then I’m back to work, and then I have about a week to write more and hopefully have a rough, completed edition. Then it’s time to go back, add in all the notes I have marked along the way. And then … go back from the beginning and do a full read-through before sending it to my betas, and then … it’s off to my editor! I can’t wait!
In the past, way back when I first started writing this monster, I thought about breaking it into two books, each book being a different POV. It’s a tough decision. In the end, though, I’m going to keep it one book because that’s how it was written.
On another note, I talked a while back about covers and what appeals to me. I don’t think I’m going to go in that direction, though. My husband works in graphics (among other things), is an artist, and did my previous book covers. Saying that, he’s also not an expense in the very expensive world of self-publishing—marketing, editing, marketing, and more marketing, promoting. Therefore, I go with what he gives me. This time, I have an idea of what I want. I just hope he makes it into something that works.
Okay, I’m off to do mommy things now. I got a kid who found out today that she got a part in The Nutcracker! Super excited about that. And I got another kid who has been quoting The Princess Bride "as you wish" all day, which has me in giggles, while driving around in the Winchester’s car on GTA. My kids are awesome! ;)
This has not been checked for grammar errors. No time. We have to get to ballet class!