It’s high time for a writing update.
Thursday, October 30, 2014 #amwriting
I posted this photo and began writing my novel, The Grey Mansion.
I completed the challenge, writing just over 50,000 words in 30 days. From December through the end of January 2015, I set the draft aside as recommended. In February, I started to sift through the first draft. I cut characters, fixed dialogue, crafted scenes I hadn’t had time to do justice during the 30 days. Then, the summer happened. And because of the busy schedule I held, I barely touched the story. But I knew in the back of my mind that it needed a lot of work.
As soon as the fall rolled around, I reopened the draft and started making drastic changes, starting with chopping off the first 10 chapters, and the last 6 or so. I had only the middle portion left to work with, and some basic outlines. Over the past several months, through my own research and also the help of the program AuthorLaunch, I have been rewriting and reworking The Grey Mansion, making major changes to characters, backstories, plot lines, and the magic system as a whole. I also had a friend go through about 80% of it, editing and watching for inconsistencies. I took her suggestions and implemented the vast majority of them. Then I kept writing. I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember. I’ve started and stopped and let projects fall by the wayside when they lost their luster or I realized they just weren’t working. But I’ve never been able to do that with The Grey Mansion. I’ve poured blood, sweat, and tears into this project.
Last week, I posted this photo. At about 11:30 at night, and after agonizing over how to wrap things up for the past month, I finally typed “the end” on my manuscript. I actually feel confident enough in this story to call it a manuscript! And I’m really proud of it.
I want to get this book published. I’ve always been a reader and writer and storyteller, and I want so badly to get this story out there. To actually publish something, even if the only people who read it are my friends and family because I shove it in their faces and bug them about it until they do. Sorry in advance!
There’s still a long road until I can get this book published. Formatting and copyrighting and deciding on a medium and a cover and all the other details, but that’s why programs like AuthorLaunch are awesome, because they make the publishing process accessible and easier to navigate. #notsponsored
Writing is something I have always done, and hopefully will always do in one form or another. If you guys are new here then, Hi. My name is Micah and I am all about creativity. Creativity in all its forms and all its expressions. Reading and Writing and typically how I am creative, but I hope that through my novel and through this channel, I’m able to communicate just how much I believe in the power of creativity and doing something that you’re passionate about, whatever genre that might be in.