I finished the first draft of the third MONSTER — my Edgar Allan Poe inspired novella — on July 31. I have to stay away from the manuscript long enough to get a little “distance” before starting the second draft. This is not as easy as it sounds. I want to dive back in and start reworking it. I want to do it right now, but….
Time is important. Waiting is a critical step and I can’t skip it. I can skimp on it — reduce it to a minimum interval between drafts — but I can’t skip it entirely. I have to walk away for a bit.
Hands off that Monster! (Or should I say, keep those PAWS off?)
So what am I doing to fill the time? Writing, of course, just not the Poe novella. I wrote a short story about haunted McMansions. I’m fixing the problems in another short story that’s almost there, but not quite. And there’s my freelance work, too. Write, write, write — just as long as it’s not the Poe book.
This waiting game is also giving me some time to contemplate ideas for Monster number four. Should I delve into Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” or see where H. P. Lovecraft leads me? Both are already on my Kindle.
While I’m keeping my hands off my Poe book, it’s time to explore more Monstrous turf. Suggestions anyone?