It’s only the middle of February and I’m already ticking items off the goal list. I have published Dissonance and put a call out for contributors for the Zines. So you might ask what is next?
Writing is only half the battle of having a book published. While I am not writing Dissonance anymore, I am still working very hard trying to find readership for my first book. I have been overwhelmed by the support of family and friends who have purchased my book. I find it interesting that I am selling more paperback copies than eBooks, but I figure that is a trend that will eventually change. After my friends and family have a chance to tell me what they ultimately thought of the book, I’ll be seeking out book reviewers and bloggers to help spread the word. Though, I know the best way to get readership is ultimately publishing more books.
So that leads me to, what is next…
I am currently drafting, rather redrafting, Reverie. If you recall, I finished the draft of Reverie two (maybe three) years ago, but decided to throw it out, and essentially start over. I have the whole story plotted and have written an abbreviated outline of the highlights that need (or should depending on where the characters take me) to happen.
Last night while writing, I realized I was bored with the scene I was writing and knew right then, those scenes would be cut during one of the many revision stages this book will have. Before going to bed , I decided I would just add a note about what I was planning to write and move on. Hopefully, that will start moving the story forward again. I have a few upcoming scenes that I look forward to writing and assuming I have time to write this evening (I have homework due this evening) I will start with one of those scenes.
I had forgotten how difficult writing the first draft can be. It has been a while since I have had a “fresh” story line to work with. Many people feel first drafts are for just getting words down on the page, but personally, I don’t see the point of putting words on the page that I know I am going to delete later. So, instead I am going to write until I realize I am getting bored or the story has stopped progress, then I will write a little note and skip ahead. I’d much rather have to fill in the blanks and fit the story together like a puzzle, then have to delete thousands of unneeded words, words that will send the story careening down a dead end road.
In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy writing this draft and sending copies of Dissonance to their new homes!