Monday, July 10, 2017

I Finally Did It!

Sunday morning I finished reviewing (which I really must call it since I wasn’t doing much revision or editing) Ghostly Interlude and sent it to my editor.


I realized the story was the story and if it needs fixing, someone else is going to have to tell me. I’ve been working on this story for three years.


It was time to let it go.

Now I really feel free to write the next Ghostly book. Hopefully it won’t take me that long. Although to be fair, I suffered my heart issues and Hubby’s cancer issues during the writing and editing of Ghostly Interlude. It’s amazing I finished it at all.

So… What’s the longest it’s taken you to finish a project? Any project. Well... preferably one that shouldn't take as long as it did.

Happy Monday!



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It was over thirty year between the creation of my first book and its publication. Of course, most of that time it sat in a drawer, so I don't know it it counts.

JeffO said...

Getting to that point (i.e., I'm done with it) is equal parts exhilaration, exhaustion, and terror. I think I take over a year just to complete a first draft, so I know all about taking a long time. Kick back, relax for a day or two, and then onward!

Anne Gallagher said...

Congratulations! It's always a relief when you can write The End. I think it took me the same amount of time to finish The Lady's Masquerade. I started working on it when Monster was a baby and we still lived in Rhode Island. I didn't finish it until we moved to NC and I had written three other books.

Glad your hubby is going to be okay.

Jennette Marie Powell said...

Congratulations! I'm looking forward to reading it!

Time's Enemy was ten years between when I started it, and when it was published. Probably three or four spent actually working on it, though - I wrote two or three other books in that time.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Alex - Hmmm.. Don't know if I would count the time it sat shelved. I have one of those (not 30 years old, probably more like 4). Eventually I hope to get an agent with it, but want a second book in the works first. But it's in a different genre (romance with some sci-fi elements) and I'm not ready to go back to that yet. Someday...

Jeff - Terror. Yes! Don't know what I was so afraid of, though. It's not like I haven't done it before. I'm such an idiot!

Anne - I guess some books just take longer than others. That's the case in my Ghostly series. Of course, I became published during the first book, so maybe that has a little bit to do with it. I can't seem to focus on more than one project at a time.

Jennette - And I can't wait to give it to you to read!!

Maria Zannini said...

I wrote a novel with no plans to ever publish. 25 years later it found a publisher. It was a fun exercise made sweeter because someone wanted to publish it.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Maria - I wrote my first book just to see if I could write one. You'd think it would get easier with each book. Hahahahaha!