Well, it took one year. I had several hitches -- weeks where I couldn't squeeze out much but a couple of sentences and the wonderful thing is long enough for a trilogy or a very long epic. Sixty eight chapters. I know I know -- I gilded the gild on the lily but that's what happens when you want to slip in every idea and when you change your ending half way through writing. At least that's what happens when I'm the one writing. The whole last half of the story had to be chopped off because I lengthened the front part which left me searching for another ending. Last night I finally found my way to it. It was almost sad but a relief to finally finish it. I've been living with these characters day in day out for over a year. I'm going to set it aside as the experts say for a while -- I'm just not sure how long that while should be. Maybe I'll write up some articles on my experience while I wait. I was thinking maybe a month (if I can resist.) What's your wait time before starting on the second draft and edits? With short stories I never wait and for novels I don't think I've ever waited before usually I just start right back up. This will be the first time waiting. P.s. if anyone has any editing tips focused on story content please post their favorites.