Getting to my novel 7/2/18

7/2/18

Getting to my novel.

I’m starting the third chapter. All is good and so far no issues but I would like to wonder off and talk about writing a novel for a bit. Since I published my first novel. I’ve had a lot of emails, comments, messages, and texts of people suggesting me to read their manuscript and to return some feedback. I scan the manuscript and 99.9% the manuscript is incomplete. If I’m lucky, the piece of literature is half way done but most than likely, is just has a couple of chapters. Sometimes the beginning chapters. Other times, a random paragraph from their story. With so little given, I can’t make an honest opinion and the only feedback I can give is, finish your manuscript! Writers have no idea how much a chapter can and will change by the time they get to their final version and then re-writing and final edits. So before you send anyone a manuscript. Make sure you finish your literary piece or you will be wasting others time. So write! Write until you are finished because no one had ever made an opinion of a film, novel, or play with just the first scene.

 

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Getting to my novel 6/24/18

6/24/18

Getting to my novel.

I threw a monkey wrench in my manuscript. The first chapter was coming along great, until I questioned the sequence of events. I replayed the first chapter over and over again. I couldn’t shake the feeling that it was off. The human interaction was unrealistically. It read as if two AI were having a conversation. I know its a piece of fiction and some could ask, “how could you tell the difference?” I could. The dialogue was lacking depth. I reworked it until I realized I was getting no where and had to move on. I knew if I continued I’d only do more harm than help. I went ahead and started the second chapter and the same problem occurred. In the second chapter my protagonist is leaving from a night out and heading home. The chapter was moving too fast. I came to the end of it and realized, I hadn’t developed the story to move forward and nor had I helped the reader further understand the protagonist. I stepped away from both, the conclusion to the first chapter, and the entirety of the second one. Sometimes its good to look away, have a long drive and enter this half state of mind where your aware and asleep. It may not help you but they do me great wonders. After meditating, I decided to leave the first chapter. I took him on a detour on the second chapter. Instead of heading straight home, I took him around town to see where he would end up at. He ended up at a breakfast cafe and after paying his tab, he had a smoke. I had just learned that my character smoked. I’m getting somewhere now and this is where I’m at now. Working on my second chapter all while returning to the first. Its tightening up and looking better than before. So I’m happy.

 

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Getting to my novel 6/18/18

6/18/18

Getting to my novel.

I can’t say I’ve done much but I won’t say I’ve done nothing either. I’ve been messing with the first chapter longer then I should but I can’t shake the feeling that it’s missing something. I wouldn’t recommend doing this. I’ve always insisted that getting to the end is important and it is. By getting your manuscript done you can maneuver easier when you have to re-write and edit. In theory everything falls into place but in practice, you sometimes get stuck and even if you move on, you mind will not move forward. The best advice I could give is to satisfy yourself the best you can and move on forward. Work on the sentence, paragraph, or chapter just enough and try to get sucked into it because you’ll never be satisfied. I had to remind myself this. So I’ll leave you with that tip and I’ll do my best to take my own advice.

 

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Getting to my novel 6/11/18

6/11/18

Getting to my novel.

The prologue and first chapter have been written. I wanna believe that I’m ahead of schedule but I know that the further I get on my novel the more changes and adjustments I’ll make. It’s natural, for example: I had the first chapter planned out yet random characters and odd dialogue have sprung up, unplanned. You go along with it and see where it takes you but always get your character back in track not for the sake of the story line but because your character, like any other character, has a goal and he/she can not stray from it. Other writers ignore these sideshows but I feel that by adding them to the story, it helps create a more authentic world. Not only that but, in my case, the side characters and the event unfolding has helped the transition into the second chapter fall in more smoother than I had planned. So its never a bad idea to see where your writing is headed and if it convoluted you can always delete it. So thats where I’m at. Hopefully I can keep this boat steady and get across the Atlantic ocean without any disruption.

 

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Getting to my novel 6/3/18

6/3/18

Getting to my novel.

The following passage is the prologue from my upcoming novel. I honestly had no plan on sharing anything from my second novel but I figured I’d do so for the sake of showing the developing process. As my editor would repeatedly tell me, “does the fallowing passage move the story forwards?” If I would respond with no, she would insist rewriting the passage so that it helps the story develop and if I can’t find an honest reason to keep it, she would heavily suggest getting rid of the passage and at times, even the entire chapter. So what your about to read I am about 80% sure that it will either go under extreme change or it will no longer exist. Oh, and by the way email me or even comment if you have any question and suggestions.

Prologue

Emiliano was his name or just Mil for short. I never got his last name and I could honestly say he never told anyone; well at least he never told me. It didn’t matter though, because he told me things he never told anyone and that made me different from everyone else. You could even say he loved me because of that but towards everyone else he was secretive. I was at an art show I first met him, he was looking out the window. I walked over. I wanted to see what was out there that was more interesting than the artwork. I looked out. Nothing. A couple of cars passed by before he finally said something. These were the best times to be around Mil. He had this habit of looking out of any window and dazing off. He could stand there for minutes; one time I caught him standing there for half an hour. I never knew what was going on in his head but every time he would break from his trance he would tell you a bit of his past, something he’d heard, or a fun fact. On that day, he looked over at me and said, “I knew this one guy. He was old. He should have retired at his age. He would scrub his hands using gasoline. He told me it was good for the skin.” I pretended to understand and thought about saying something like, “so what do you think of the art show,” but instead I walked away. The moment was so insignificant, but had I known how much larger than life Emiliano was, I would have stayed. 

 

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Getting to my novel 5/28/18

5/28/18

Getting to my novel.

It’s been over a week and few updates have been made to my novel. My main focus right now is how to start. The first sentence and word are important to me. Some of my readers may disagree and suggest that worrying about the little things will make no difference and I would agree if it were the rest of the manuscript but were talking about the beginning sentence. A small detail that will decide whether the reader will continue or not. You’d be surprised how many people decide if their going to read a novel based on the first chapter and even first sentence.  So now the question has been, how to start? Imagery, dialogue, or action. I’ve thought of all the circumstances and I’ve painted different scenarios using all mediums and have finally decided on how to execute the beginning. I think I’ll present my protagonist. This will be the best way to start. I’ve seen others do the complete opposite. They bring the world and the circumstances the character is having to live in before presenting him or her but this is no story about the world but the character and his views on it. I think what I want to do is bring my protagonist to life first before anything else. He will come into existence first and then the world as followed.

 

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Getting to my novel 5/21/18

5/21/18

Getting to my novel.

I published my first novel about a year ago and I didn’t keep a journal of my journey of any sort. I wish I had because then I would be able to go back and analyze where I was weak in doing. Now here I am, a year later, preparing to write my next novel and now I’ve decided to welcome anyone willing to join me and my quest. Maybe, this will happen someone whose trying to get into writing their own piece but don’t know how or where to start.

I always knew I was going to write another novel but I honestly didn’t know when it was going to happen and like my last novel it started with a sentence. “Gods amongst us,” this phrase has replayed inside my head over and over for about a month before a character came to life in my head. A story then played out and like the universe, some parts grew and developed as others died out. This is one reason why I don’t write in a notepad or keep a journey, unless it involves dialogue. The best ideas will always stay and the only one I need is how it will all end. That and the book title. I have two so far: “Gods Amongst Us,” and “L’artist.” Two titles that give away two different feelings but both have the same intent. So now with everything in place I can now start my next novel. Now I can get a notepad and write down events and make sure they make sense. Until then, I have to decide between the two titles. Any thoughts? I start writing in the beginning of the upcoming month and I’ve given myself six months to finish a good enough manuscript to give out. Its noting complex like my last novel. My plan is to continue writing these updates weekly even if I don’t add anything to my novel. Novelist aren’t always writing. Sometimes we spend an entire week on one paragraph and other times we may not write anything at all and that why I started this. It may help and encourage more writers.

 

 

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