Oh man, what a year 2017 was! It feels like a mini-lifetime since I started my journey towards becoming a fiction author. In a way, it has, and through this journey I’ve learned so much. From how to develop story elements, to organizing a whole novel, and even learning more about presenting myself as an author online through a website, Twitter, and Facebook (though I need to work a lot more on the website part).
As a college student, I’m just returning from winter break, and I’ll be finishing school this semester. Overall, winter break was disappointing, but an important turning point in my life. Firstly, I didn’t finish or publish my novel, and you can read the details in my post “A Lesson in Slowing Down”, so I won’t go into detail here. Long story short: I bit off way more than I could chew, and I was being naive. I’m much more organized now, and I’ve realized there’s a lot more work to be done on my novel.
What does that mean for this site, and my plans moving forward? It means more blog posts, more editing, a new short story series, more editing, and a lot more writing. I want to improve this site, and I want to be better at being a part of the writing community.
First, I’m going to blog more, and share more poetry. I want to post content more regularly, and so I’m going to share more about what I’m writing, how it’s going, and giving some juicy details to the whole process for those who are interested. Second, I’m starting a new short story series. I want to build more experience as an author, and I discovered the perfect platform to dive head-first into the wonderful writing community, and start a series that I’ve been dying to write.
The story will be an apocalyptic modern fantasy series called “The Court’s Dog.” It’s about a wizard named Isaac Stirling, who is sent by the tyrannical Court to hunt down renegade magicians and resistance fighters who would otherwise stand against the Court. It’s a lot darker than the fantasy novel series I’m writing, and I’m very excited to share it with everyone. It’ll be free to access, and will be featured on Wattpad. I’ll probably keep the story on that site, and the additional material on here (such as maps, lore, etc).
In terms of my progress with my novel, I’m adding a lot more to the book. Mid-December, the book was at 83,000 words, and between editing and adding more to the book it’s probably in the neighborhood of 90,000. I don’t know how much longer the book will be, but it’s going to be a big one. If it gets much longer than 100k, then I may end up cutting bits, but I don’t think it’ll happen by the time I finish editing, and send it to a professional editor. My goal now is to finish it before I graduate. That’s about four months from now, so I think it’s very practical. That’s two months to finish writing/editing, a month to have it edited, and then another to polish.
I have a lot on my plate, that’s for sure, but I’m excited for it all! I’m nearing the end of my journey to my first novel, and I’m just beginning the journey to becoming a full-fledged independent fiction writer. It’ll be a long road, but one I’ve always wanted to travel.