The sweat has been wiped away and the last period put into place. A labor begun nearly 15 years ago is put to bed. The Milward Chronicles, all five volumes, Birthright, Discovery, Whispers of War, Patriarch of Pestilence and now The Witch of Angbar are done. I counted it up and it comes close to a staggering one million words. Is it not interesting how when we set out on our own to do something we tend to venture far further down that road than when we had to do essentially the same task in school? I detested having to d essays and book reports. Unfortunately all of those teachers of mine are long passed away.
So, the task is done. What does the writer do now?
Well, if your publisher is like mine you will receive an email thanking you for the manuscript and then another one, just as politely worded telling you it is going to be a bit before the editing copy is sent back because the original was filled with typo and grammar mistakes. For me, what I do is begin another story such as the political thriller I’m currently outlining and then there is Herbie the Hedgehog who still needs more illustrating.
The point is, if you wish to be a writer, you need to write. Down time kills the muse, remember that.