Great news! The novel is . . . done? After taking the better part of a week to sort through all the problems that I made for myself in the revision process
Here’s a question for you: If you have a ship, and you replace everything about that ship (planks, nails, canvas, oars, etc.) is it still the same ship? Likewise, if you have an idea, and you replace everything about that idea . . . is it the same idea?
Writing tends to have more than a few up and down moments, but few illustrate this point better than my progress between this week and last week.
When you think about the word, space, what comes to mind? For me, it’s the inky blackness that our planet moves through every hour and second. (If that’s a little dramatic, bear with me.) Space is big. Really big. So big we had to invent a word for all that empty space. And somehow, in the middle of all that emptiness, science fiction capitalizes on stories about interstellar travel and galactic intrigue while everyone back on Earth stays more or less the same as when our heroes left. (Not possible, due to time dilation. Thanks, relativity!) Which leads all science … Read More
Just a quick end-of-day update. I’m coming up on the end of the revision and editing process for my novel, SECOND GENESIS.
This is it, folks.
As a writer, I’ve always been interested in what happened next. So interested, in fact, that I knew — absolutely knew — that plot was the thing that all stories were built around.
It’s a long holiday weekend, so I’ve given myself a day or two off. Shocker, right? I realized on Saturday that it’s been almost two months since I actually put everything down and stopped trying to push my little rock up my little hill.
Let’s face it: In the face of new media, writing is a hard sell. Your words are competing with flashing lights, cool explosions, awesome sound design, compelling narratives, and the fact that reading is a more demanding hobby that most other leisure activities. And now, the Internet is basically a black hole from which no time can escape.
So what does writing have going for it?
Despite a crazy week, I was happy to pick up a new publication and roadmap the next leg of my journal with my novel. Looking forward to a big week.
Getting started in fiction is a tricky thing. Creating a believable plot, lovable characters, and a realistic world is more than the sum total of life experience and hearsay. If you’ve got an idea in your head that you just need to get out, it might seem as simple as pulling out a piece of paper, calling it Page One, and starting your first chapter.