Not only does the work go on…

It’s even more enjoyable now that I don’t have to worry about completing the rough draft. I have all the time I need to sharpen my focus, expand the ideas I want to explore, and deepen the characters in the story. One thing I’m not worried about is whether or not I have a good story to tell. I already have confidence that other people will want to read it, and as I suspect all authors hope, readers will want to read more. At least I’m hopeful and certain that I can deliver a finished product at least.

Sometimes I’m easily excited…

Tonight is one of those nights. I just finished the rough draft for my first novel, Fantastic America. I still have an epilogue to write, and a lot of revisions to work through, but the book is, for the moment, DONE! I feel accomplished, not only because the first draft is finished, but because the final chapter wrapped up so much, felt (to me) so emotionally powerful, and worked out in ways I never dreamed of when I began this journey. That journey isn’t over either, it’s just changing gears as I set out on the next leg of my trip. (Metaphors a flyin…)

I have a confession to make:

I hope a lot. I hope for things to go well, for my health to hold out, for my friends and family to be happy and safe, and without feeling too bad about it, I hope my stories will be well received. As I get closer to finishing the first draft of my book, all that hoping seems to be paying off. I’m alive and reasonably well, my people are doing alright, and so far, the feedback I’ve gotten about my story is good. There is room for improvement, but I’m happy with where things are for the moment. Of course, I’m not editing yet either…

The light at the end of my tunnel is blinking…

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I’m not sure what that means, but I do know I’m nearing the end of the book as I have outlined it. I’m not quite where I want to be with my word count, but I’m sure that’s why authors invented editors. (I’ll be my own editor after the first draft is done.) I have plenty more material to add to the story, most of which I either left out accidentally (give me a break this is still my first novel!) or I wasn’t sure if it fit with the rest of the narrative. Either way, I’m excited to finish my outlined story and spruce it up after I’m done. I’m already over 52K words with another chapter (and a half) and an epilogue to go. Wish me luck!

I have big plans…

Fantastic America is an introduction to a changing world. Magic, miracles and monsters have returned to a world that didn’t believe in any of them. This first book is only the beginning. As magic in this world grows stronger, so will the people who can use it. There will be inevitable clashes between keepers of the status quo and upstart magic users. Those stories are clear in my mind, and I can’t wait to write them. That isn’t the end either though, Fantastic America is just dipping a toe in the water to see what temperature it is, the next few books will be a plunge into the pool, but after that comes the swimming! I can’t wait to share it with my audience.

So I have a new goal!

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The coaching program I am in helps writers plan and execute a fiction or non-fiction book in 90 days. I was skeptical at first, but here I am just over two weeks into the writing phase of the program and I am halfway done with the rough draft of my novel, Fantastic America. So my new goal is to finish the complete rough draft in five weeks. That gives me about as long as I’ve been writing to finish the rest of the book. I will then hold the record among authors in the program for the fastest completion time. Nanowrimo is usually closer to four weeks, so I’m not even pushing myself too hard to reach this goal (in my mind at least). Wish me luck, true believers!!!

Coincidences

  Writing is full of coincidences.  When I first started to read, the books I chose (or that chose me) were by Piers Anthony.  He would write a small summary in the back of later books of the coincidences that came up while he was writing.  I thought some of those were neat and some of those seemed a bit of a stretch (even at 12 years old).  I’m a believer in the coincidental now.

  I’ve been writing in earnest (this time) for two weeks.  My coach lived in one of the settings in my book, at the time of the events I’m writing about, giving me full access to any details about that location.  Last night, I was putting together another location for a scene I’ve yet to write.  I chose that location over a year ago.  I went to revisit it on Google Earth and it happens to be right next to the site of one of the happiest memories of my childhood, an amusement park in North Carolina I haven’t visited in over forty years!

  I know there are more coincidences ahead, I may even have over looked some already.  I have no doubt all will be revealed in time.  I can’t wait to find out what else awaits me!!!