It is quite a feeling to complete a project like writing a novel. I am not sure if I have captured any of it in my previous fourteen posts. The book is very close to being finished. In many respects this is the most difficult part of any artistic creation no matter what the chosen medium; knowing when to stop!
I have reached this point in several other undertakings, painting, drawing, digital image manipulation, writing, the urge to just do one more piece of fine tuning, one more embellishment to bring out that last subtle detail, and then discover that you have ruined it! Yes, lots of us have been there.
The Devil Within Us has now gone through several readings and I have made minor changes with each one. I feel that I am almost there. Overall, I am very happy with the manuscript, but I keep finding myself beset by some minor nagging doubts. There are one or two or even three things that keep coming back to me. They are indeed minor, but they won’t let me be. I like the way the story moves from a rather violent opening and transitions to a rather philosophical ending. I really like the way Artemisia has developed as the protagonist and how she develops as a character from a cold-blooded assassin to a real person at the conclusion. I might have put a bit more into her relationship with Doc Hunter than I had originally envisioned, but then I never envisioned her as the main protagonist to begin with; she just took over the book that way.
The question is, have I really reached the end of the book or is there indeed some further polishing that I can do? It is the million dollar question. I have decided to go with my instincts and giver myself a break of a day or two and then read through the manuscript one last time. I think that then I will know for sure that I have done everything that I wanted to and be finally ready to publish.