Today's entry is a follow-up to my last post, in which I described some of the process of writing my current project. In that post I mentioned the differences between working on this project and the last one, notably the difference in timelines between the two.
Today is two days short of the ten week point from which I began. And as of today I have put the finishing touches on my second novel: The Man, The Myth, The Legend.
This one is a pretty stark departure from my first offering, The Shadow Realm, which was more of a paranormal horror/thriller. For this novel I branched out and went in a totally different direction with a horror/western hybrid. Set in 1830s Texas, a tiny frontier town is overtaken by a small band of otherworldly outlaws. Their only hope for survival is a legendary gunslinger whom nobody is certain even exists.
So, today the first draft is done. Ten short weeks brought me from start to finish. The fun part is over. Now come the edits, fixes, tweaks, rewrites and that dreary stage during which you start to get really sick of your work and just want it over with.
And then, on to the next thing. Which is what, exactly? In my case, final edits on a novella I wrote several years ago and put aside until recently, entitled Putting Down Roots. The Cassels family purchased an old Victorian house in the suburbs of Greenville, South Carolina that has an ancient tree in the back yard with a taste for flesh.
I'm also back in the classroom soon. Two weeks from Monday, on April 24th, is the first class of Crafting the Short Story. There are still spaces available for anyone who wants to learn more about story writing, character development and more. Feel free to share with anyone you think might be interested.
Thanks for reading. Until next time!
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