I just put the final words onto my third novel, The Northman Saga: Prince Dead last night! After reaching my 3/4 length complete and utter block, I finally sat down and finished it in two days. I knew I would eventually, because every time I almost finish a project, I decide it is the absolute worst mess of words to ever be put to paper and I quit. I almost burned The Gates of Nottingham manuscript in my fireplace when I was already 350 pages into it. That time, like every time, I buckled down eventually and decided that even if I finished the manuscript with “and then everybody died, the town burned down, and it’s all ashes now because I don’t care anymore”, at least it is an ending and I can edit it later.
Of course, I don’t actually write that. Inspiration, born of desperation, strikes and I will complete the novel in the style that it is written. I have to wait a couple of months or more to start editing and usually I am surprised by how well I have done. Does anybody else do that? Do you have very little faith in you novel until you take some time apart from it? The surprise that I am actually a darn good writer is completely worth the months of anxiety it takes to write the final quarter and then ignore it.
I must say that this time it was wonderful inspiration that struck when I forced myself in front of my Microsoft screen. In six hours I wrote the final chapter, did some extra research, and found the name for the next novel in The Northman Saga. The second title will be Land of Battles and there is a very specific reason for that which you will have to read Prince Dead to learn. Sorry…
As excited as I am to finally work on my goal of hopping on the trilogy bandwagon, I now need to dedicate myself to releasing and promoting So Many Secrets. To celebrate that here is the very first image of the book cover. Please let me know what you think: