Dear Blog Readers (all three of you):
It’s been more than a fortnight since I last wrote. I wish there were a famine or a group of mutineers I could mention for some sort of an excuse, but nay, that would not be true. Here’s what is true. I got stuck. How’s that for some transparency?
Call it what you will, but for many weeks during the summer I learned a valuable lesson. Writing is hard. And what’s even harder than writing – it’s called editing.
My good friend, Tim Grahl, has been giving me some great advice on how to market my book once it’s done. But in the meantime, I’ve learned that writing the rough draft is only part of the journey. It’s a long part, mind you, but it’s not all there is to it. Once I plotted my course through my first draft, in fine detail I might add, then came time to look it over. I failed to realize as I wrote my rough draft how verbose I can get and now I have a 160,000 word manuscript I like to call The Beast. Hello Transparency yet again, my good friend.
I now understand what authors and songwriters experience when they cut an album and then later issue their earlier works many years later. I used to ask myself why didn’t they just get famous earlier and let us have their stuff sooner than later. Trust me, I get it now.
The Beast – one day she’ll see the light of day. For now she sits in my metaphorical basement. Don’t worry too much. I feed her once in awhile. I try not to visit too much. I don’t want to prematurely disappoint her.
In the meantime I’ve been busy on another project I’m very excited about. I’m about 1/3 of the way through it and as I do so, I look to the next piece. Which brought me to a unique idea – what if the reader helped craft some of the story? What would that look like and could it be done?
For my three readers, let me know what you think about contributing ideas for my next work. What ideas do you have for a fictional/horror/thriller? What settings should I include? What traits should the characters possess? And, best of all, what evil or conflict should we pit them against? Honestly, I’d love to hear your ideas.
So there you have it – me showing my vulnerable side while also exhibiting great transparency Love me any more? Less?
Tim next time, I’ll tell The Beast you said hi.