I’m Writing A Book….Still

So there we have it. Ten months into this project and almost 100,000 words later I find all my characters in the same place at the same time. All nine of them. Number ten couldn’t make it but then he is a master of delegation and has sent along some more than able deputies to represent his interests. I reckon another 20,000 words should do it et voila we have the first draft of my my first novel. There might not be ten of them left at the end of it all but I guess you will just have to wait and see.

It’s rough, it’s raw and it’s riddled with grammatical errors and continuity issues. But it’s real. it exists. I have unlikely, irritating, unwilling heroes and dashing, likeable and utterly evil villains. I’ve got witty dialogue (well I thought it was funny when I was writing it) and tonnes of naff pop culture references. I’ve got action; chase scenes, explosions and the occasional dead body. It’s gritty in places, ethereal in others and hopefully showcases the wonderful, horrible juxtaposition of a city that is Belfast.

There are flashbacks, fast forwards and occasionally sitting about not really doing a lot. Some chapters cover seconds while others span centuries. It’s geeky, it’s nerdy and occasionally other worldly. I hope the next time I update you that the first draft will be in the bag. That’s when the real work will begin. The editing, the rewriting, the polishing and weaving together of various themes and sub plots. I also have a tonne of research to do in order to flesh out a number of characters and their back stories. Will it ever see the light of day? I don’t know the answer to that question.

Maybe a literary agent will pick it up and sell it to a publisher. Maybe I’ll end up going down the self-publishing route. Maybe it will sit on my laptop and never be read by anyone except a trusted few. Maybe even they won’t be bothered. But I will be able to say I gave it my very best shot. Just like I said I would give this blog my very best shot 11 months ago. And it kind of turned out alright. I’ll keep you all updated over the next few months but, as always, your support and enthusiasm is what keeps my writing alive. The journey hasn’t even started yet.

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  1. I’ve three novels – a fourth on the way! – and one children’s book and a handful of visual novels and, as you know, a slew of short stories on my blog. Get your manuscript edited (I recommend upworks.com) and published (I use Createspace/Amazon… screw the SJW gatekeepers at mainstream publishing houses!). For covers, I’ve twice now drawn on the talent you can find at 99designs.com.

    You’ve filled the oil and trimmed the wick. Don’t neglect to light your lamp and certainly don’t put a bushel basket over it!

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  2. Congratulations! That is no small task, my friend. You have just given birth to a book. You are on your way. The journey gets involved and there is lots of rewrites, “should I?”, “should they?”, “maybe. maybe not”, and the biggie for me is “Why am I doing this again?” But it is so worth it. You will stretch, and be stretch, grow and grown but it is all so good. Your family must be very proud.

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  3. Thanks to Clatyon for the mention of upworks.com. I’ll have to check it out. I have a book in the works as well – only 46,000 words, but first draft is done. There will be stuff added not doubt. Glad to hear your novel is moving along!

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  4. Way to go!! I’ve been editing as I go, I’m still…under 10k…but I am finally working on getting back into writing the book first, and then blogging. Okay…so back to…is like day one again..BUT STILL haha!

    Keep going strong!

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      1. Thank you so much! 🙂 The test readers that have looked at the chapters I’ve sent them have all enjoyed the story thus far. Two of them, though one will be my editor so she won’t look at it till the book is one, have been with me through the past three novels. Even if you only have a few readers sometimes that’s all you need to begin with 🙂

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  5. On the bright side you are ahead of me. I am still in the research stage, finding out research is better than the actually writing! 🙂 I keep thinking of Laura Ingalls Wilder who wrote later in life – encouraging me that it is never too late. God’s timing is perfect – so sit back and allow God to guide your thoughts and your fingers as you type and in His timing it will be published and it will bring restoration and hope to that one person – and to many others, that He is preparing them and you for the time they need to hear your words. 🙂 God bless you!

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