When I moved to America in the spring of 2014 I was without employment while waiting for my work authorization and so I made my first attempt at writing a novel. I went in without any great depth of planning, and after pounding away 40,000 words or so (of disjointed drivel, mostly) I gave up.
We all have a failed novel inside of us somewhere, don’t we?
One of my resolutions for 2016 though was to finish a first draft of a novel. A new novel, mind. I decided to let my past failure rest in peace as is rather than try and exhume the remains in ugly fashion.
This time around I’ve indulged in a lot more world-building and plotted far more intricately than before. I even have a color-coded plot outline on Excel now! I’ve nearly finished with the plotting now too, thank God.
It seems like it takes longer for me to roughly plot out the happenings of a chapter than actually write one. I’m itching to get into the trenches at this point.
While still finishing up my plotting, I’ve endeavored to try and write at least something every day. This comes per the advice of an insightful article from self-publishing Übermensch, Hugh Howey. That’ll be happening here.
So while chronicling my writing odyssey I’ve also decided to turn my hand back to reviewing self-published e-books as well. I have a Kindle again now, although the typing of this is coinciding with the exorbitant price increases of Kindle books on Amazon.
Rather than having to wade through a torrent of potential candidates on Amazon though I was lucky enough to have been emailed a few months ago by an author asking me to review his novel. Even better–it’s free!