Writing Update: December 19, 2010
I think I wrote less this week than I have in any week in the last two years. I’m not exactly sure on that, but since I have no active work in progress, I am strictly in a planning phase for my next book. I refined the synopsis, brain dumped facts and figures for the world I am building, and tried to organize my thoughts on the plot and the characters. I have a few more days of planning before I dive into the opening chapter. I’m going to discuss the concept of the novel with my writing group tomorrow night to see if they can poke holes in it before I get going. I’ve never done this before – run the plot by people before I write. We’ll see how it goes.
I’ve also been re-reading The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman. This was one of the first books on writing that I read after the 2009 PNWA convention, and is still a book I consider the most helpful for a beginning writer trying to figure out how to dramatically improve their craft. I’m actually pretty proud of how many of the lessons it teaches that I now consider second nature when I write my first draft, so the second read of it is not taxing my memory or demoralizing me. Rather, it’s a confirmation that I’m on the right track.
Nothing new to report on the agent front for The Forgotten Road. I did confirm that the agent I sent the novel to had, in fact, received it. I don’t expect anything before the end of January.
Lisa finished reading Army of the Risen this week, and the review was generally positive, though it seems I need to add more words to it to help develop the characters further. I think I overcompensated from the mistakes I made in TFR. We’ll see if my other reader’s agree. But having to add words to a novel is a new thing for me.
Speaking of other readers, one of my writer’s group, Benjamin Newland, now had a web site of his own. I recommend you go check it out.
This is probably the last blog entry for me before Christmas. Merry Christmas, everyone!