This week the big writing news was hitting the end of the second draft on “Story of G”:
Story of G:
- New Draft Wordcount: 28 net new words
- Other Notes Wordcount: 0 words
Book of M:
- Background Notes Wordcount: 0 words
Grand Total: 28 words
Wordcount-wise, doesn’t seem like a big week. But it’s a good feeling to hit the end of a draft and call it a wrap. So, I celebrated by finishing that puzzle I was working on with dear Wife. I didn’t think to take pictures of the puzzle until after we’d disassembled it… But for those interested, it was the underwater food landscape seen on this page.
This week, I’ll be cleaning up the second draft – which added quite a lot of new material – polishing it off and sending it off. I’ve got about 5 days to make this thing happen by the September 30th deadline. No pressure!
Actually, really, no pressure. If I miss the deadline, it just resets for the following quarter. It’s sort of arbitrary that I’ve chosen to have it ready for this quarter.
After polishing of “Story of G” draft 3, it’s back to “Book of M”. I’ve got a long way to go on “Book of M”, and I’m way behind. I intend to get all of my background, history, character notes, and plot outline done within the next two weeks, so that I can start on that actual first draft of the book. Originally, when I started this project, I’d hoped to have a first draft done by June or July of next year. Currently… I’m not sure I see that as feasible. Maybe by August. And I’m going to have to bust my but to get those background, character notes, and plot outline done over the next two weeks.
Regardless… while I’m excited about the work I’ve done on “Story of G” – and the positive feedback it’s received so far – I’m really eager and excited to get back to “Book of M” and to get started with the actual book. I’m excited about the story, and about writing a novel. At heart, I am and have always been a novelist. It shows in my short stories – which inevitably turn into novelettes. I look forward to a work with a more diverse cast of characters, multiple viewpoints, and multiple themes. I look forward to more fully exploring the subplots. (That’s part of what happened on “Story of G” in the second draft… I followed a thread on a certain subplot because I saw an opportunity there to tie it in to the main plot and explain an important concept within the context of that subplot without info-dumping. I think it worked.)
At some point… I’m just going to want to talk about “Book of M” so bad that I’m going to burst… just to say what it is and why it’s going to be so awesome.
Save it for the query letter… save it for the query letter…
Well, that’s my writing week in a nutshell. How about you?