I’ve lost count.
Between all the surgical drafts and sub-drafts I’ve subject The Orphans of the Creek I may as well call it a Franken-novel.
But seriously folks, it’s great to back here with another completed draft, hopefully ready for the eager hands of my patient readers.
Before I started writing I never really appreciated the work that went into a novel. Now I realize it’s the same for any end result. For instance, take that shiny new car. You get to enjoy that sleek exterior, that lush interior, that new car smell. But you don’t see all the bare bones testing and retesting of parts, making them work in harmony while keeping the outside hot and sexy. You just get to enjoy the end result.
Writing is the same way. Any author will tell you how much thought goes into every little bit of dialogue, every little nuance and aspect of a character and how they interrelate to the plot, setting, and each other.
Not that I’m complaining. Not anymore, anyway!
So as I prepare to submit to a publisher I’m going to update my long-suffering website and then start a music project. Art never dies, but I would without it.
If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!
Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.