It’s hard to describe the combination of excitement, hope and nausea I felt this week when I printed the first draft of my second novel. The excitement and hope are self-explanatory. The nausea, well, that comes from knowing that the novel is at the point, right now, where it might be bad, and I won’t be able to recognize it. You see, when I have just finished a draft, I am blind to all its many faults. I just think it’s terrific. In fact, it may be terrific, but if it’s not, I literally can’t tell. It’s very odd. It must be some primal, self-protection thing. But, when you can’t see the faults, you can’t FIX the faults.
So now the work really begins. I have to somehow identify the flaws and shape it into a good read. After another couple of drafts, a trusted editor and beta readers will let me know how successful I was. Then I’ll make the final fixes, and by that time, when I think it’s a good read, I’ll likely be right.
The sequel to The Crandall Haunting will be published in 2017, and when it is, I hope readers think it’s terrific, too!