News and Announcements
- Call for Beta Readers New Years 2019
- Celebration Announcement Coming Soon.
- Projected 2nd draft completion in Winter of 2018.
- Beta Reader review complete on first draft.
- First edit of Supplicant finished as of October 2016.
Well, here we are, on the other side of the holidays. But, things haven't slowed down. At least, not for me. I have been working hard to absorb everything I can about medical coding, our chapter held its first meeting since the new officers took their roles, started a newsletter for our members, and attended several educational presentations on coding.
But, Roy, aren't you a writer? Of course. And, I have been just as busy in completing the second draft of Supplicant. Every free minute, I have devoted to either editing or to reading books on the craft of writing. With the Amazon cards I received from work as awards for excellent performance, I bought three more books: one on dialogue, troubleshooting common writing problems, and writing in the twenty-first century.
The good news is that I have completed editing the first ten chapters. Considering that Supplicant is just a little over thirty chapters long, that means that I am a third of the way done through this draft. Several chapters were more intense than others. As I've mentioned in previous blogs, there were several story ideas that I changed halfway through the book. Many concepts had to be adapted while others cleanly cut out. In many such chapters, I had to rewrite. In some cases, I have rewritten the entire chapter, while cutting swaths of exposition in others. This is common for many authors. You didn't think that novels spring unbidden from the minds of their writers in pristine form, did you?
I am not exaggerating one bit when I say that every spare minute that is mine, I am busy editing. When I am at work, and on lunch, I use my Voice Dream app to listen to portions of my writing and make suggested edits to myself via Evernote. Driving to and from work, I use the dictation portion of Evernote to write down quick ideas for the series. When I get home, I sit down, crack open my laptop, and edit until I start to nod off. Rinse and repeat until the weekend, where I have more time at my disposal to edit.
But, I wanted to take some time away from that to update everyone on the progress that I've made. I'm averaging one and a half chapters per month, which isn't bad considering the rewrites. I expect the subsequent chapters to be easier to edit, as I had implemented the new concepts by that time. The higher the complexity of the chapter, the longer it will take to edit. Chapter Nine took a month unto itself due to the amount of intricate content in it. Chapter Ten was not so difficult as it dealt with pretty straightforward story concepts.
I am still here and alive. If you want to email me questions, you can reach me at email@example.com. I will continue to update the website blog as new developments arise and milestones are crossed. Thank you for being a part of this journey!