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Saturday May 11, 2013, at 11:01 pm

There is nothing quite like deciding you are done with a novel. There is the exhilaration of knowing that something you’ve been working on for months is completed, the fear of showing it to other people, the questions about its quality and the strong desire to do just one more draft. The problem is that you’re never actually done and if you’re not careful all of the natural fears can drive you into fiddling with a story for far after you have stopped getting any value from this.

All of this is one of the reasons that you won’t see me giving George Lucas as much grief as many other people. Going back and changing a story thirty years after it’s been out is still a bad idea, but I certainly understand where that temptation comes from. No matter how good you want to believe something is, or when people tell you the fear is never actually gone. I’ve heard it compared to sending your children off to school, and while I don’t have children I think I know what they mean. You’ve done everything possible to prepare and done everything you know to do and then you just let go and hope it works out.george-lucas-in-carbonite

I spoke last week about trying to find the best name for a story. That is because finding the name is part of the process of letting go. Of saying that this story is going to be living someplace other than my mind and people are going to need to have something to call it. It is also an excellent stalling tactic which lets me put off the inevitable for a couple of more days.

All of this is to say that I think the second Middleman novel is done. I’m sure I’ll find a few more typos and someplace in the story to tinker with, and I hope that the people who I give copies to will give me more ideas on how to improve things, but in the end for good or for ill the story has been told. My work is done and now I have to hope that it can stand up on its own because as much as I might like to keep it forever just like the kid that has to go to school for the first time I know that it’s never going to be able to become what it’s supposed to be until I let it go.

If you’re interested in the first novel you can find it here.  Or check back next week when I should have a preview of the next novel.