I’m writing a novel. I have a rough outline of it, a well developed setting, some character sketches, and I am about 5000 words into it. I figured, while I write it, I’d show you a bit of what it’s like behind the scenes. What will happen when I finish it, the first time. When I edit and rewrite it for the second draft. Then put it through critique by beta readers. Then edit it again. And towards the end of that, the process of getting it published.
Not only will I tell you what I’m doing, but I’ll talk about how to best get through the process yourself. If you follow me through this, you’ll learn how to write a novel. Not just the writing part of it, which I will cover in great detail, but the lifestyle of writing a novel and the business of writing and getting published, money stuff, etc.
This is scary for me. Writing a blog about writing a novel is more like writing one about losing weight than about pregnancy. Will I fail or succeed? Some of it is in my control, and some is out of my control. I usually like to present these kinds of things fait accompli. But if I succeed, I will also have succeeded in showing you what it’s like behind the scenes of writing a novel and if you’re a writer, inspiring you along the way. Because it IS hard. Not many people finish. But it’s also doable.
Putting it out there is also a selfish thing. It gives me a deadline. I work really well under deadline.
My deadline for the first draft is February.
Every time I think about the story I smile. There’s a secret universe growing inside of me that I’m in love with. Imagine a generation ark ship which has fled the cybercorporatocracy of the solar system to find a planet where they can freely live as humans. It’s been a thousand years since they’ve left. Through a couple of revolutions, their society has degraded from its original democratic and cooperative utopia into a devolved monarchy. The story of the novel follows a girl and her brother as they uncover more than they imagined when they try to solve the mystery of their parents’ death.
That’s the first novel. It’s a whole series. And it’s not going to exist unless I write it!
I’ve already written several short stories, and had some published. I’ve written magazine articles about computer graphics, and two books about the same. I know my way around the block. Writing a novel is a different animal, but it has some things in common. Discipline, looking for the right words, and dealing with publishing contracts, to name a few.
So, off on the adventure we start. I’m signing out to write.