As I sit here screaming profanities at news reports on the TV, I am having weird juxtaposed feelings of joy about writing a novel within three months. Suffice to say, it’s another tricky day in politics but after finishing the writing of my latest novel with a working title of MOON SPYER, the news seems almost ridiculous. Which is odd, since I write fiction. How is it that occasionally real world events eclipse often weird machinations of the novelist’s mind.
MOON SPYER IS A COMING OF AGE TALE OF TWO SISTERS… ONE WHO LIVES.
But the fact remains that as of August 1st my novel sat lumbering at 18,000 words but was kick-started by the 9-month long online writing class of Jerry Jenkins. After, I pounded out another 40,000 words and finished the first draft at 58,000. I typically write short but through the editing process my stories grow anywhere from 20- to 30,000 words. This story seems to be demanding my attention and I think it may even max out around 90,000 words after all the edits are in place. We’ll see. So, with six months left in this workshop, I’m going to shoot for completing another novel. I’m giving myself a month for editing MOON SPYER but afterward, the next novel will hopefully be complete by the end of March. Add in a month of editing and I’ll have completed two novels within nine months. To me, that’s pretty cool. It also means that I can (probably) get another novel out within a year’s time. The trick to a successful life as a writer is to have inventory to sell. Without inventory or with low quantities, a writer won’t be selling much. It’s a simple business equation, a math problem. You can’t sell books if you’re not writing books.
But, again, we’ll see. My goal is to finish the next novel and at that time gauge the possibilities of completing a third novel by August 1, 2019. I’m making it a goal. You can make me accountable, keep me on track.
And if I haven’t already told you, Thanks for buying my latest psychological thriller, THE DEATH OF VULTURES and for posting your reviews. As you know, the publication date was September 2018 and has gotten an incredible reception. People really seem to be connecting with the story of Meg Storm and her daughter’s death due to a heroin overdose. If you haven’t had a chance to read THE DEATH OF VULTURES, pick up a copy (eBook or paperback) HERE. Oh, and psst! The audio book is scheduled to release mid-December, in time for Christmas!
Thanks for reading: Writing A Novel Within Three Months. The future looks bright!