The initial draft was finished, and I sent it out to a couple of beta readers. The feedback has been mostly positive, so I am going through another edit with some of their commentary. There was minimal critique on grammar and word choice, so this edit is mostly about story and character portrayals. Here’s an excerpt from a song that I see as being a part of the inspiration for the novella.
“Which seems right in a way
But I’m trying to say.
I’m not sure but I wonder if inside my head
I’m not just a bit different than some of my friends.
These answers that come into my mind unbidden!
These stories delivered to me fully written!
And when everyone shouts like they seem to like shouting,
The noise in my head is incredibly loud!
And I just wish they’d stop
My Dad and my Mum and the telly
And stories would stop for just once!
And I’m sorry, I’m not quite explaining it right!
But this noise becomes anger, and the anger is light!
And this burning inside me which usually fades!
But it isn’t today!
And the heat and the shouting!
And my heart is pounding!
And my eyes are burning!
And suddenly everything, everything is…!
Hope you enjoy it! It’s called “Quiet” from the Broadway production of Matilda the Musical. It makes me think of my own mania. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDVaa3z8jHw