Okay, I know. I’m a few years overdue for this post. If you’ve been following along with this series and going through the process of writing a book, then you’ll remember we left off with a finished manuscript. (If you’ve been waiting on me this whole time before proceeding, then shame on you! And me. Also shame on me.)
This is where it starts to get really exciting, and even more difficult to stay patient. The last thing you want to do at this point is rush to the finish line just so you can say you’ve written a book and are a published author. For me it’s really tricky to control my excitement, but trust me, it’s absolutely necessary. I know authors who get excited and breeze through some of the steps I’ve already mentioned through this series, and it shows. For the sake of the example, we’ll call this person Jim. Jim’s work is sloppy, full of spelling errors, subject/verb agreement issues, hell, I’ve even seen a book that had the same chapter printed twice. I’m talking about people who have published over 10 books. I imagine the excitement doesn’t go away just because you’ve done it before, but stay patient. I also know authors who have published one or two books, the right way, and they put out a completely polished, professional quality novel. You would never guess that they’re a self-published, independent author. That’s the power of proper planning, a keen eye to detail, and patience. Continue reading
Here we go again. I disappeared again and you all thought I had given up didn’t you? Well it only appeared that way. Admittedly, I got beyond distracted, plus life threw up some speed bumps along the way. It happens. The point here is that I didn’t give up. Has it taken me 3 times longer than I originally hoped? Absolutely, but I’m sticking with it and I will finish this thing. (I’m actually getting really close, believe it or not!) So there you have it. Now moving on.
Proofreading, editing, re-writes, beta reading: call it what you will, but it all serves the same purpose. To polish your writing as much as possible so you’re putting out the best product you can. Continue reading
It’s been while since my last update, and honestly the thought did cross my mind to blow this off, but that wouldn’t be very helpful now would it? For the 1 of you out there that might read this, trying to figure out if you want to try writing, posting my process could be beneficial. Regardless, it serves as accountability and motivation for me, so here I am. Okay, enough rambling.
Since my last update, I have officially started writing my first novel. Exciting, I know. I decided on a topic that I’m knowledgable about to make the process a whole lot easier – bikers. At first, I cranked out a handful of pages out of sheer excitement and so I could honestly say that I had officially started writing. Then I hit a wall. I got stuck in one spot for months and didn’t know what to do about it. I ended one scene but wasn’t sure how to get to the next one. A writer friend advised me to skip ahead and start writing the next scene, then I could always go back and bridge the gap between the two once my mind was back on track. That’s all it took. Continue reading
First, let me quickly address the long hiatus. Without getting into details, I have been overwhelmed with projects and life matters. It happens. I haven’t forgotten about, or given up on my writing. I am still working on projects, even if it is at a snail’s pace.
I should also note that my zombie novel has been placed on the back burner for a while. The ideas for my first book rapidly turned into a trilogy, and that is something that I am just not quite ready to take on. In the meantime, I have been working on a non-fiction short story, more fictional short stories, and have been developing another idea for a single, stand-alone novel that I can write for my first book – something that is manageable and not as intimidating as a trilogy. Let me assure you though, the ideas I have for the zombie trilogy are very solid and I am excited to see how they turn out. Anyway, without further adieu, let’s get back to the post… Continue reading
Research has never been so much fun! I have never enjoyed doing research unless it’s for a consumer product that I am considering purchasing. More-so, I have never enjoyed what research goes hand-in-hand with…writing a boring, pointless research paper. (Instead, I’ll be writing a boring, pointless zombie novel!) However, after talking with a couple of authors, I have come to realize how important and necessary research actually is. As a writer, it is imperative to know what you’re writing about in order to portray it accurately and vividly so the reader can picture the scene in their mind’s eye.
I fully expected to have to do a minimal amount of research for this project, considering that I pride myself on being pretty informed on the subject (zombies). The little research that I did anticipate though, which is based on geography that the plot will travel along, was bound to be tedious and mind-numbing. Continue reading