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Writing a novel: progress report



I’m writing a novel.

I don’t expect you to be excited about that. Some days, it seems like everyone is writing a novel.

But back to my own novel… I started writing it ages ago, after being hit with inspiration while waiting for the tube. My inspiration came days after the start of NaNoWriMo in November 2011, and while that month encouraged me to make a solid start on the book, I was still working on it nearly one year later. I eventually finished a novella, and began trying to decide what to do with it. This all coincided with my re-discovery of sequential art, or comics, so I began thinking about turning my story into a graphic novel.

While dallying with various publishing modes and learning how to write comic book scripts, I had the good fortune to read a few books about writing, which helped me to see the flaws in my novella. Eventually, the flaws in my novella outweighed the strengths. My novella died completely when I realised that the story was only half-told; I had much more to write.

So I’ve started again, and have written roughly 13,000 18,000 words of the new and improved novel.

Join me on My Learning Journey

Right now, I’m learning a lot about writing. And I intend to share that learning here, with you.

I’ll talk about the books I read in another post.

I’ll also talk about the inspiration I’ve been getting from other writers online, and the writing routine that I’ve established.

I’ll discuss the barriers I hit and the elements of writing that I struggle with.

I’ll also provide monthly progress updates so you can see how the book progresses. I’m writing this novel in my spare time – so progress will be slow and steady.

I’ll tell you all about how I choose an editor and my first readers. And I’ll discuss the process of choosing and working with an artist to create an amazing cover.

I’m currently planning on self-publishing using Amazon’s Kindle service, so I’ll let you know how I get on with that too.

Thanks for stopping by.



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