I'm in that spot where I finished a big project, Elegant Freefall, and I'm wondering what to work on now. How did I know I was done with the book? When I turned my laptop off yesterday and pulled up the 50000th Kindle version on my tablet and saw a random period. I ran to my laptop, booted it up, and went to open the file in Scrivener.
Before the laptop was fully booted, I picked up my Fire and wiped the screen. My errant period was a fleck of something.
So, it was time to stop. After 1,239 edits and 155 proofreading changes (including three OKs that should have been "okay" in dialogue--change made yesterday before the fleck incident) I finally said enough.
This morning's listen during my walk was the "When is the book done?" episode of the Story Grid Podcast. It was great timing, and I recommend a listen. I'm extra fragile right now, as I always am after a project draws to a close. But, I've got eleven days (before release) to get into the mindset of The (accepting) Fool.
And, even though I say I don't know what I'm writing next, I do. I have a couple of calls for submission I'm writing toward. As much as I'm ready to not read Elegant Freefall again, I realize that the book has become comfortable. I know the plot line, I know the moments that still make me nod or smile. I know the sentences that I refused to cut the first five read throughs that wound up in my "trash" folder in Scrivener and I know how many adverbs were cut, how many dialogue tags added.