Last night I finally finished my first short story/novella thing–or at least the first draft of it. I’m not really sure what it is since I have yet to find a definitive answer on the difference in length from short story to novella to novel and beyond.
Anyway, the next step is to step away from it for a little while, like I did today, maybe write some blog posts, and come back to read it over with fresh, unfamiliar eyes. My hope is that I will read it over as the listener and not the author. My even bigger hope is that the characters convey the message, that they seemed so intent on bearing to me, to the reader once it is finished; I hope not to neuter that message in the editing process in order to be safe rather than honest. But my prayers are confidence that it won’t be a problem.
Enjoy president’s day tomorrow, everyone. I know I plan to enjoy mine, and I’ll see you all on the other side.