I am done with my 0-draft of my new novel, and beginning the process of revisions today! Time to break out the red pen and sticky notes! My goal is to begin the beta-reading process by the end of June or the beginning of July.
I just wanted to update you on my current WIPs. I am working on my second novel. This one is a satirical piece about joining and becoming a part of a cult. It’s really fun doing the research and building my own religion. It feels like something an unhinged civics teacher would have their students do.
And, since I never took a civics class, I have to get my jollys somewhere, right?
Next, I am in talks with a friend of mine to go in on two children’s books. I will write the story and she will illustrate. I realize, before we can do the fun stuff, there will be some legal stuff that we need to do, and since this project is so new in it’s infancy, I’m a little afraid that it may fall apart.
Finally, I’ve been working on short stories. I am really trying to commit to publishing a new one every Friday and hope to make it a regular feature here. Most of the stories are flash pieces of micro fiction with a fantasy take, but I’m trying to broaden my horizons a little.
Other than that, I’m trying to market my first novel and am trying to get some local bookstores to let me do a signing here in the Dallas area. Fingers crossed someone will say yes.
As I sit at my computer, listening to Cheap Trick, it occurs to me that I have arrived. No, I’m not published yet, but I wrote a novel. I spent every spare minute writing and writing until it was all there. I did it.
Now, I’m at the hard part- revisions and editing. I’ve never made it to this stage before with any of my writing. Usually, when I finish a piece and go back and reread it, I just feel like crying.
Not this time.
I think it’s different this time because it’s so personal to me. I’ve had to take a multi-pronged Hemingway-esque approach to it.
1. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.
2. Write hard and clear about what hurts.
3. There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
It’s been so hard, and yet so easy to get it all out of my head. The words want to flow out of me like water. I just have to be near something to write with when it happens.