Update on my novel and other writing projects

Uh, hey there folks, remember me? I’m the person who started this blog as a place to talk about how my writing process has been going. I know lately I’ve sort of turned my daily posts into sharing links that I find interesting. That’ll probably continue until I get enough people together threatening me with fire if I don’t stop.

But yeah, writing. What’s been going on with that for me?

First up- the book I wrote last year. I finished it back on December 7th and what’s happened since then? Honestly, not a whole lot. I handed out some copies to some awesome folks to give me their impressions. I got some feedback from that, which was helpful but also left me wondering how to fix all the problems. This past week, I sat down and started working on THE chapter. The one that has been giving me fits. The one that had me questioning whether I could salvage the book or not. It’s been slow going but I think for the first time since December I can say that my novel is progressing. I’m not stressing anymore about editing, I’m just doing it. And I think I needed this time away from it in order to make any progress with it. Slow and low is the tempo, but we’re getting places.

Other than that, I’ve begun heavily outlining a new novel. Let’s say that I’ve learned from my experience with the first book that I’m not a “pantser” (someone who writes without a firm plan, flying by the seat of their pants). I don’t mind being a plotter, I see a lot more room for creativity this way because I can more adequately create connections intentionally within the plot ahead of time rather than clumsily  attempting to force them while in the flow.

Another bonus about doing all of the outlining ahead of time… I am capable of giving a synopsis! That was one of the most embarrassing parts about the first novel. People would ask me what it was about and I’d stammer and stutter, “it’s this guy… he’s got a thing with his family… there’s elements of the supernatural… urban fantasy? magical realism…” Yeah, when I said that to my friends and family you can imagine the looks I got. I think they suspected I was having an acid flashback and just stammering words as brilliant fields of kaleidoscopic color danced before my eyes.

I’m hoping to finish the outline in the next month to month and a half so I can begin work on the first draft. It’s a slower pace than I’d like to have but with a full time job, it’s the best I can do right now.