Finishing What You Start
I am not one to finish things. If you’ve spent enough time with me, you’d know that I have a billion different ideas that I’ve begun. I can talk about these ideas ad nauseum , but none of them have actually been completed. I have officially entered a new world. I completed my novel yesterday.
Okay, so it’s not “complete” complete. But I completed a rough draft, and for me that is a milestone that I cannot help but want to share.
About sixteen years ago, my best friend Joel and I started a story. It was hardly anything like what you will see when the novel comes out. It was a story about three brothers who lost their parents. They were more magical elements in the story at the time and less real story. We had a lot of “monster of the week” ideas and long plots that in retrospect probably didn’t make a lot of sense. Over the years, this story has always rested in the background.
About three years ago, I started a story about a being called the Angelus. It was this idea that this boy named Adrian captured. The character of Samuel Morris made an appearance from the original story. The story takes place in the modern day and Sam was much older than the young boy that we knew with his brothers. I wrote quite a bit of the story, but like many of my ideas, it faded into the background.
Last year, I decided that I was going to finish this story. For me, the story of the Morris brother was my first story. If I was going to move on, I needed to finish it. I needed to publish it. I needed to put it out into the world. As I began to write it, it was amazing how many of my other stories had materialized inside this one. Characters showed up from thins I had only slightly references, and very suddenly the Sentinels Universe was born.
It has taken me a lot of work to get this far, and I am far from done. However, I hope in the coming months that I can complete my edits on my story and make it something more amazing than it already is. I have a great editor and great friends who will happily read it and give me some helpful criticism. Nonetheless, I am off to a great start.
It’s hard to tell you how happy I am right now. Everything seems to be heading in the right direction for me. It is not easy. I am on to the harder part of editing now, but in the end, the story is going to be amazing. Best of all, with self publishing, it’s going to be mine. (Well, mine and my friends who work on it with me, this is definitely a group project). Nonetheless, this is the start of something amazing. It’s going to take me a lot of work, but it’s something that I can’t wait to work on. Success is in the eye of the beholder, and this is definitely what success feels like. It can only get better from here.