WHEW!

Whew! For over a year now, I’ve spent a good part of most days working on Fancy, my novella series. Actually, I’ve worked on the story off and on for nearly twenty years. You know, writing it, tossing it aside, revising it, tossing it aside again, etc.

Have you ever had a love-hate relationship with a favorite project? I’ve loved this story for twenty years, but I’ve gotten so frustrated with it at times I hated it and wished I’d never heard of it. I belonged to three different writers’ groups that helped me work on it, but the conclusion usually ended up being it was not a workable project.

Finally, a year and a half or so ago, my friend Jillian Dodd suggested that I make it a series of novellas rather than a novel. Bingo. A light came on.

Two big problems had always been stumbling blocks to the novel. It covered too much time and geography, and no single antagonist lasted (or could last) throughout the story. Breaking it into novellas allowed each volume to deal with a more limited time and location as well as with a single antagonist.

Jill also told me how well she was doing with self-publishing. She told me so many writers were self-publishing now that the old stigma was gone.

Once I made the decision to rewrite it as a novella series and to self-publish them instead of waiting to see how many agents could sit on it or whatever they do with the manuscripts people send them, I began to get excited about it again. I began to believe this was something I could really do—and I’ll confess I’d lost confidence in my ability to write anything until Jill started talking to me.

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I finished editing and tightening Fancy: The Final Chapter yesterday. Today I submitted it for editing by others. It won’t actually be published until September, but I’m through with the writing process. Hence the big Whew!

While I’m waiting for the edits, I’m in the process of resizing the paperbacks of the first five volumes from 6×9 to 5×8. I don’t know why I started with the larger size, but it makes the books so thin they look a bit strange. Jill suggested this change to me a few weeks ago, and more recently my friend Karlene Petitt made a similar suggestion. Then I looked at a volume 5 next to a volume 6 and saw for myself how much difference that sizing change could make.

I’m also trying to figure out how to comply with the changes Smashwords wants me to make so I can get all the books out through them and KOBO and iTunes. I don’t know why I have so much trouble understanding the English language, but for some reason, when it’s anything the least bit technical my brain freezes.

While all this is going on, I’m entertaining thoughts about my next project. I think it will probably be a three-volume novella series about a young girl who sees her mother killed by Yankee raiders on their Mississippi farm during the civil war. Haven’t settled on this for sure, but that’s what I’m thinking.

What do you do when you finish a long-term project like a novel or series of novellas? Scream? Jump up and down with joy? Sleep for a week? Readers would love to know.

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We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.

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About David N. Walker

David N. Walker is a Christian husband, father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years in the health insurance industry, during which time he traveled much of the United States. He started writing about 20 years ago and has been a member and leader in several writers' groups. Christianity 101: The Simplified Christian Life, the devotional Heaven Sent and the novella series, Fancy, are now available in paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats, as well as through Smashwords and Kobo. See information about both of these by clicking "Books" above.
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10 Responses to WHEW!

  1. Congrats, David. It’s a mammoth achievement, but your perseverance has paid off. I’m not sure how I’d react, but whatever you choose, best of luck with your new project.

    Cheers!

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  2. Sharon K. Walker says:

    You’ve persevered, and the fruit of your labor is a captivating tale. Congratulations on writing an interesting and colorful novel. Keep your creative juices flowing.

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  3. Sleep? What’s that? LOL Seriously, congratulations on finishing this last in a wonderful series, David! You deserve to take a break and celebrate. It’s such a fun thing to have as a career – writing – and having it be something you love to do. But it is tons of hard work and as an indie, you do a lot more of the hands on stuff, so there are times it gets aggravating as well. We talked earlier about me learning to format my own stuff and I was about ready to pull my hair out by the time I got my first finished. BUT as soon as I hit that “publish” button, I forgot all about any of the not so great parts and was ready to do it again. I think hitting that P button might just be addicting. LOL There’s no time to stop for me right now, but as soon as I finish a series like you, I think I’ll do something to reward myself. Hmmm…I think I’ll make a list. 🙂 Congratulations again, David! This really is an excellent series. 🙂

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  4. Jane Merrick says:

    Good for you, David, I’m happy for your sake that you are through with this great story. I really look forward to the last novella and the conclusion. Love, Jane

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  5. Barb Estinson says:

    Gee, if I had just finished a huge project such as you have with “Fancy,” I’d celebrate big time and tell everyone I knew. Oh, is that what you are doing? Congratulations Bro …. it’s a really good series. I look forward to the final novella.

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