All in all, I’d have to say that this was one of my better ROW80 quarters in a while.
Sure, I still haven’t published anything new in over a year. But I did finish my initial draft and my editing/revision run back through EyeCU, to the point where I felt it was ready to submit to a small press that had expressed interest. And I actually submitted it to them. It could still be at least a couple months before I hear anything back about whether they’re interested or not, but I count moving EyeCU to this point a huge victory for me.
My other goals for this quarter have fared okay, as well, though publishing anything new still hasn’t taken place.
First, I spent a few weeks learning how Scrivener works and how to adept it to my writing style, and my writing style to it. I’m now an confirmed Scrivener addict, which should bode well for the future in terms of my productivity. However, I did lose a few weeks learning Scrivener.
As for my sideline writing, working on a character study of King David, I’ve written two new lessons during this quarter of ROW80, and delivered one of them. That brings me to a total of three lessons in the can. I have many more lessons to study through and write up, so that won’t be done any time soon. However, once they are, I may use them as the first draft for a nonfiction book, where I can expand upon those teachings and make it into something for that sort of audience. Or not. I haven’t really thought much about whether I should turn my teachings for my congregation into nonfiction eBooks. Inspirational writing is a completely different market than the fiction I write, so I’m not sure. But I don’t have to decide for a while, because the study will be in progress for a long time. But that accounted for about 7,000 new words written, even though it’s not fiction.
After getting EyeCU out the door, I wanted to go back to EMBER and get that project going again. I even moved the book from MS Word into Scrivener and have it all broken down by chapters and scenes. All I really need to do now is get back into the groove of Ember and her world. But I haven’t written anything new on EMBER just yet. And for one primary reason.
That reason is my new-from-scratch project, with a working title of SIN. I’m not sure what kind of story this will become, not just yet. But I’m basing it heavily off many of my own childhood experiences, which I feel are part of what will make this book unique and also really help me find my own voice, narratively-speaking.
But SIN isn’t a memoir or anything like that. Though heavily based on stuff from my own life, this will be fiction; I’m just not sure what sort of story it’s going to be yet, though.
Despite the title, it’s not a religious piece.
One thing I know the novel will be about is establishing a friendship between two young characters, building a lot of life and vitality into that friendship, and then demonstrating a significant betrayal of that friendship.
That’s what I need to get out on paper. Where it goes from there is what will determine what kind of story this is. Will I build it into a tale where the friend gets abducted and it becomes a suspense thing? Will I add in some mild supernatural element and turn it toward horror? Will I keep it more grounded and have it be more of a straight-up, non-genre piece of fiction?
The honest truth is, I haven’t decided yet. But I’ve written three or four powerful chapter/scenes so far, about 4,200+ words of progress, and it’s the tale that seems to be the most urgent in my mind, the one straining hardest to break free into life on the page.
And then there are my light-and-fluffy pen-name projects that I don’t take so seriously. I have two projects going there.
One is a novella-length tale that I have written over 5,000 words on, but is maybe only one-fifth of the way done, at best.
The other is a quick little short I am working on, specifically to get something new out under that pen name and revive the sales of the rest of my line, as well as offer a taste of my novella-length tale. (Yeah, I’m gonna include a sample-chapter of that in with the shorter tale.)
I planned the short to run around 5,000 words and I’m at 4,500 right now, with the feeling it could run closer to 7,000 words by the time it’s done.
So, let’s tally that up:
7,000 words on ministry-writing
4,200 words on SIN
5,000 words on pen-name novella
4,500 words on pen-name short
That means, in addition to EyeCU being out the door for the summer, and learning a complex new writing software, in the last three months I’ve also written 20,700 words of new progress on various projects.
Considering I started out the quarter editing and revision probably the last 60,000 words of EyeCU, that’s about an 80,000+ word quarter. Not bad.
So, what will I do now?
Well, I can’t slow down. I want my pen-name short finished, edited and being put up for sale by the end of June, if not sooner. At first, I’m only gonna put it in KDP Select, so I don’t have to worry about any ePub versions, but that’s okay since I make the bulk of my income from Amazon anyway.
And then I need to move the pen-name novella forward, and decide if I want to pour myself into EMBER, whose world is already familiar to me, or SIN, where I’m not yet even sure what type of story I’m writing there.
Hopefully, by the time ROW80 2013 Round 3 starts up in a couple weeks, I’ll have a better handle on my next set of goals. But all in all, I count this a very successful Round 2!