Wednesday, August 12, 2009


It's done. Wrapped the monster story up last night just before bed. I have been writing in bits and pieces in the mornings and at night when I could find the time or had the energy to turn on the writing part of my brain.

I knew the end was near and last night I got there. I am excited. The story is marinating now for a week or two then I'll go back through it with the red pen of death and brutality.

I read a bit at the beginning of the story again last night to figure out what train number I had the main character getting on so he could get on the same train near the end. To my surprise, I liked some of what I had written. This story is one of the very few times I have had the willpower to fight of my inner editor and just written straight through to the end.

"Just get the story down." That was my motto through the couple of weeks I'd been writing. Well, check mark. That's done. Now I don't know what to do with myself. I have the longer piece that I am having the critique group look at. They have the first half and I'll take the second half next time. I could work on that some more and make it my next piece to finish. Or I could pick up one of the dozens of stories I have tops to on my hard drive. I think I'll make that decision this weekend. Tonight, Gina and I are going out to a movie.

Also, if anyone has any ideas on what markets like stories with monsters playing a central role, let me know. I figure I can start hunting for those while the story is waiting to be edited.


  1. Congrats on completing check mark #1. :)

  2. Hurrah! Congrats on the first draft. My fav market search engine is www. Also Ralans. I'm sure you can find something there.

  3. Thanks, Steve, for both the congratulations and the market search suggestions.

  4. That is a fantastic feeling when you complete a story that's been aching to get out.

    Congrats on not only finishing the tale, but in caging your inner editor long enough to let the story escape. That is one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish.