So I’m going to finally talk about my novel. A little bit. Things change, but here are some facts so far.
Well, it finally happened. Tomorrow marks the first day of the new “work from home” situation. The living room corner is the new “office”. Most of the tools are in the car in case of dispatch. Honestly, I don’t mind. I just wish it were under better circumstances.
So how’s writing going?
That’s the question I ask myself every day. I’m finding that my goals are shifting because planning seems to be taking a lot of time. The characters have to have names. The places have to have backgrounds. How many islands are there? How many empires are there? How does magic work? etc…
Loosely, about four or five scenes have been written. However, I can tell you that I’m writing more than the end of last year and with greater consistency. This book might actually be the one. Things are clicking more and more.
If you focus on word count and don’t have yourself a plan, it’s easy to write yourself into a hole. Trust me, I’ve been doing this a few years now. It’s what happened with my last book. This time I’m making sure I get things right.
Three people have told me I write like Neil Gaiman. I can sort of see the similarities, but I can also see the differences. It feels like it’s a toss-up. That being said, this book has been on the bucket list for a while, so without further ado let’s get to it.
Today I wanted to share my current writing tools. It is all software-based as I don’t use paper anymore. There are four primary pieces of software that I use: Word, Onedrive, OneNote, and Scrivener.
I’ve decided to increase my reading to help me with my writing. I’m going to attempt a book a week. Here are some of the books and series that I have in mind:
- It by Stephen King
- Pet Sematary by Stephen King
- All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
- American Gods series by Neil Gaiman
- The Way Of Kings series by Brandon Sanderson
- His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
- The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher
That should be enough to occupy me for a good bit. In the meantime I’m building a very long list.
In the process of putting a book together I’ve reached out to someone to be my “writing buddy”. Basically we’re going to exchange work perhaps once per week or so and critique. I’m using this as a strategy to force myself to actually add words to this thing. Like in many endeavors, it helps to have help.
My end goal is to publish by December. I feel like this is reasonable since one book a year is quite common and December is a good time away. I’m aiming for 4 or 5 drafts (including the final manuscript), in the beginning gunning for 700-800 words per day. Not exactly Nanowrimo but not nothing either.
I’m not giving away the working title of this book yet but a good bit of planning has already been done. I know where I’m going in a general sense.
This is the first of several writing updates. When I’m finally done with this thing I will have accomplished a major long-term goal I’ve had for years.
This Christmas season has been great. Last week was mostly about exchanging presents and spending time with family. This week looks to be mostly about resting up.
During this time I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to do next year, and I’ve decided I’m going to go for writing a book again. Last time I tried writing under a pen name, so I’m not sure if I’m going to try that again or not. It seems like a lot of effort. This will be the big dream this year. I’ve been looking to write one for years and if I don’t do it now I don’t know if I ever will.