The Witch’s Room: From start to finish

Thewitchsroom3I completed the seventh draft of my short story The Witch’s Room and I decided that it was ready to be released into the world wide web with my name attached to it. It is currently under review on Amazon and should be up within 72 hours. At the moment I am only putting it on KDP select as a means of trying to get as many people to read it. If all goes well in a few months I’ll put it up on Smashwords ūüôā

This story started with the visuals of a character entering the Witch’s Room. I thought that the scene was awesome and I¬†shouldn’t/couldn’t let it go. So I had to work out what needed to happen for this scene to occur in a story. So I wrote it down on my work notepad and when I got home I began working on it.

Looking back on the dates of my word documents, I had the first draft completed just before 5pm on the 15th of February. That’s less than a month ago! Since then I have drafted every 2-5 days. It only took me a few hours every time to draft because¬†of how short it is (I was also working on other stories).

I think the most challenging thing about this process was picking the book cover image. I wanted to have a stone sculpture of a woman to portray the scene in the Witch’s Room. But I was very nitpicky about it. It had to be aged¬†and not too¬†ornate. But I couldn’t seem to find one that fit¬†everything because¬†a lot of stone sculptures of women from the past were of the Virgin Mary or Angels and had religious themes to it. You can see that I found an image as close as possible to what I wanted. It’s not how the statute looks in the story, but it’s the closest.

Going off on a tangent.

I’ve placed working on Feet or Fins on hold while people read over it for me and during that time I’ve been (doing everything but) writing. I’ve started on some stories that I had on the back burner. One is a young adult and the other is a dystopian futuristic sci-fi. I’ve been plotting the story outlines in dot point and slowly I’ve been making progress. I’ve also started jotting down another story that has been floating in my head for a while. This one is another dystopian as well, but there are still giant gaps in it.

I feel that once I get my first novel out there then all the others will be easier. And it seems mentally easier when I work on these ones ūüôā