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.
It's hard to believe that we are close to November. Only a few days ago did we start to experience any real chill in the air. Halloween is right around the corner, and on its heels, are Thanksgiving and Christmas. The holidays are busy enough on their own, but when you are an author, your time comes in minute increments.
Couple that with a fast-paced class in coding, and you have got a full plate. However, it is not impossible. It is all about time management, organization, and prioritizing. I want to share my experience with you so that you can see that even with a full-time job, and full-time family life, you can still write your novel.
Four weeks ago, I began a medical coding class. It will run from October until around March of next year. We are finishing the ICD-10 portion of the course, and will beginning CPT coding next week. So far, the pace has kept me on my toes, but I like the challenge. This will not only supplement my job, but open up new avenues for my career.
Despite that, I am still editing "Supplicant", went to see The Trailer Park Boys in Durham this last weekend, seeing friends and family, playing D&D, and as a special Halloween treat we are going to see Phantogram at the Fillmore this weekend. All that, and I am still holding up an above average grade on all of my coding tests.
Right now, I am a third of the way through the first draft edit. There has been a lot of changes made that I am excited about - mostly to character development and plot. There have been drastic cuts as well. There were several areas that either didn't make much sense, droned on for too long, or just wasn't entertaining. I went through them like a slasher film and took out anything that didn't hold my attention. Which wasn't much, in contrast to the whole work, but still - Its a matter of what I believe my readers will find the most interesting.
After that, I will go through another edit for grammar, structure, and ease of reading. Once I am finished, which I project to be sometime next summer, I will begin sending "Supplicant" off to agents and publishing houses. If, for some unimaginable reason it isn't picked up, then I might consider self-publishing the work. I've taken on a lot, but I believe in myself, and I believe in my work.
If I can take away anything from the input I've received from those outstanding beta readers of mine, its that "Supplicant" will sell well. I am excited, as I am sure you are, to see the novel come alive. For those of you who may have missed my last update, I have also begun on the sequel, called "Discordant". In addition, I have drawn up outlines for three more. When I set out to write an epic, I won't be satisfied with anything less.
Come up with a plan. Get organized. Commit yourself to time for each task and assign it a priority. Sometimes, that priority is not going to be your novel, but it should be next on the list. For example, right now my coding class is top priority. When I am not studying, in class, working on homework, or completing a test; I am editing "Supplicant". Priorities may change depending on the circumstances, but I always make time each day to write and edit.
You can too. Time may be limited, but you have to make every minute count. That is not easy, I know. If you ever want an entertaining read on Neil Gaiman's explanation on how to write a novel, you should check it out. It may feel as impossible and mythical as he explains it, but it doesn't have to be. If you are committed, you can make it happen. If am able to do it, I know you can do it too, because I know you are wonderful and intelligent people.
As always, I will keep you updated with what is going on with "Supplicant" and everything surrounding it. Take care, and keep writing.