My Writing Process, Part 1

It’s hard to believe but summer is over and the leaves are falling from the trees. Oh, how time flies, especially when you are a writer working on a deadline (albeit a self-imposed one).

The Fourth World is progressing nicely. I am at 69,127 words, which is nearly double where I was on August 23rd. Unfortunately, that’s 10,873 words behind my October 1 target of 80,000 words. Why am I behind? Well, I was sick with a nasty cold for a week and a half and the meds made it hard to concentrate…but the real reason is that I, like many writers, am prone to procrastinate when presented with anything that seems like a reasonable excuse!

That is why I set daily, weekly and monthly writing goals—they keep me accountable. I would be right on target if I had written just 1,000 words each day I was sick, which is just 2/3 of my standing daily goal of 1,500 words. In full disclosure, I did write some during those ten days but I made up for that by slacking off a couple of other days. <Insert boyish grin and shoulder shrug here.>

Getting words from brain to digital paper is the single most important job of any professional writer. It’s great to have a ton of ideas, but they don’t do anyone any good locked up inside your head. That’s why I put so much emphasis on word count goals…I can always go back and clean-up a poorly worded sentence later, but at least it’s on the page.

In Part 2, I will dive into the details of how I go from idea to final manuscript. As always, thanks for reading, and thank you for your support and encouragement!

Image Credit: https://www.freeimages.com/photographer/patuska-34559

 

The September giveaway is over!

My month-long giveaway on Goodreads is over, and 100 lucky winners received their e-books this morning. Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to the 304 people who entered–I sincerely appreciate your interest and support!

Four days to go!

Hello friends, readers and prospective readers. Just a quick update to let you know that there are four days left to enter my Goodreads giveaway. So far 175 people have signed up for a chance to win one of 100 digital copies of Restoration–my first novel!

It takes just seconds to enter and you have nothing to lose, so don’t wait…enter today!  Good luck everyone!!

Halfway​ there!

Good morning everyone. This is just a short post to share a few updates.

First: The Goodreads giveaway is doing great! So far 133 people have entered and we still have two weeks to go. Remember, I am giving away 100 free digital copies of Restoration so you still have a really good chance of winning one. Please enter today if you are interested in winning a free book…you never know, you may get lucky!

Second: I am almost halfway through The Fourth World and I am pretty jazzed about how it’s coming along. The story is coming together nicely, and I’m excited to see what happens! Yes, you read that right. My writing style is very organic and, although I have a rough outline and an idea of where I want the book to go, I will not know exactly how it ends until I write it! Right now, I am just having fun watching the characters evolve and the story emerge. More about my writing process in a future post.

Lastly: The audiobook version of Restoration is in development, and I look forward to releasing it sometime before the end of the year. I am partnering with Stephen Floyd, a friend from highschool who happens to be a professional voice actor. He has a great voice and I can’t wait to hear him bring Restoration to life for those who would rather listen than read. I will share more details about the audiobook next month.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Win a free e-book!

Hello friends and prospective readers, I have some exciting news. I have partnered with Goodreads.com to give away 100 digital copies of Restoration! The contest starts tonight at midnight and runs through Sunday, September 30th. If you’ve been on the fence, now’s your chance to read Restoration for free! Winners will be notified via email by Goodreads.

Of course, you can always purchase Restoration on Amazon.com if you want it today. And you can always read it for free if you have Amazon Prime or subscribe to Kindle Unlimited.

Good luck and thank you for your interest!

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/283638

 

My Next Book

I have some exciting news to share: As of today I have written 34,512 words for my second book, which equates to roughly 25% done. The working title is The Fourth World, and it takes place approximately forty years before Restoration. But, even though both books take place in the same fictional timeline, it is not a prequel.

I actually started this book way back in 1998 (or thereabouts), but life took me in a different direction and I had to set it aside. I worked on it some in 2012, but once again life pulled me away. That was definitely not a bad thing though, my wife and I got to live and work in St. Thomas, USVI for four years!

Restoration was also born in 2012, but it existed as only a rough outline and some character notes. In 2017, when I decided to finally pursue my dream of being a writer, I dug into my research and notes for both books and decided to finish Restoration first, unsure whether I would ever finish The Fourth World or not. But, after re-reading the 10,000+ words I had written way back in ’98, I decided that it deserved to be finished.

I will share more details in future posts, but the timeline I established for TFW provided the historical elements in Restoration—with climate change, WW III and the colonization of Mars being the most relevant to both books. That said, TFW isn’t really about any of those things. It’s about Marissa Spencer, an archeologist, and her twin brother Michael, an astronaut.

The year 2034 is an exciting time for the twins: They will celebrate their 33rd birthday, Marissa makes an incredible discovery while working on an excavation in China and Michael will pilot the first manned mission to Mars. Unfortunately for them, 2035 will be just as exciting but far more dangerous.

I plan to release The Fourth World in December and will provide regular updates between now and then. Revival, book two in the Restoration series, is slated for summer 2019.

Stay tuned, and thanks for reading!

Image credits: “The White Pyramid”, Shaanxi China, 1945. First published in the NY Times in 1947 and later attributed to James Gaussman.