My Novel: Father Figure (Week 1 – Friday, July 7th, 2017)

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I cannot believe it’s been an entire week since I announced the winner in the poll for fans, friends and followers to choose the second novel that I begin writing. But it’s here and there’s no denying reality. I’m proud to announce that it’s also time for the first weekly status update where I will share any progress I’ve made in the last week.

Based on the votes, you’ve chosen Father Figure as my next novel. I’ve created a small logo that I will tag on all the updates and posts so you know when the blog is about the novel. Both the title and the graphics are definitely subject to change as I expand and write each chapter. I also plan to create a separate website and let everyone know where to find the pages and updates once we’re further along in this planning phase.

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Summary of Father Figure

  • A young girl’s quest to find her father, unaware of all the circumstances she’s placed herself in due to the choices both her mother made 18 years ago and the young girl has made on her own in the present. How well do you really know your parents? And do they truly understand you?
  • A mystery and contemporary fiction novel set in two time periods with two primary characters:
    • 1998 – Molly Graeme, about to turn 18, attends college, leaving behind a mother with whom she had a difficult relationship. While Molly has a boyfriend, she’s secretly attracted to an older professor, Dr. Jonah West. She begins an affair with him and realizes she must come clean to her boyfriend. After she tells the boyfriend, they have a huge fight and she leaves to find Jonah who she thinks can comfort her. Along the path, she’s attacked by a stranger and her life is never the same again. Molly makes a few choices which will later have disastrous consequences.
    • 2018 – Molly, going by Amalia and living somewhere new, sends her daughter, Brianna, away to college. Just like her mother, Brianna begins dating one of her professors, probably looking for a father figure, as she’s never met her real father. Brianna has always accepted her mother’s story that her father was a military man Amalia had a one-night stand with and later found herself pregnant with no way to find him. When Brianna uncovers her mother’s old journal, she learns a shocking secret that her mother doesn’t know who the father is because it could have been more than 1 man. As Brianna searches for clues to find her father, she stumbles upon a few facts which could completely change her future. But when the stranger who attacked her mother re-surfaces, not even Molly knows if she can protect her daughter anymore.

 

Status:  Friday, July 7, 2017 – Week #1 

  • I drafted a timeline of events for both Molly and Brianna, noting where each woman lived, key events that happen along the path and how there two situations will intersect at different points in the present.
  • I prepared a chapter by chapter rough outline with the 3 or 4 key things that I expect to happen in each chapter.
  • Decided to alternate chapters so that the odd chapters will be focused on Molly in 1998/1999 and the even chapters will be focused on Brianna in 2018. Molly will appear in the 2018 chapters from time to time, but the perspective will likely always be on Brianna.
  • Created list of primary supporting characters with names, ages and roles.

 

Next Steps: Plan for Week #2

  • Characters will be the focus for next week. I want to write a detailed biography on each of the primary and main supporting characters, flushing out their rough backgrounds, goals, personality flaws, voices and styles.
  • The narrator’s voice is also critical at this early stage. It will be third-person omniscient, as I’m jumping across two periods with two (2) primary characters; as a result, first-person won’t work in this situation. I’m touching on some difficult topics, and while I want the voice to have humor, it cannot be purely funny especially given the 3 climactic scenes I envision occurring. I might need to play with this for a few weeks until I decide how to balance each of the themes and plots.

 

What’s on the author’s mind?

  • When I listed the 6 or 8 ideas I had for the novels in the poll I opened to everyone, I had a couple of favorites. While this was in the top 3, it was not my primary pick; however, it was what had the most votes and I always follow through on what I say I am doing. I felt passionate about it, but I wasn’t certain what the message was going to be at the end of the book. For example, was it the quest of the mother to accept her past, was it the daughter’s search to find her father, or was it the bond between mother and daughter growing and shrinking? It could be any combination of these items, but I also needed to know why this was an important story. I had a few inklings, but nothing set in stone.
  • I sat this week at my dining room table office desk and just began writing the timelines. Little fireworks of ideas blossomed in my mind and I saw the connection between the parallel lives of mother and daughter. I knew this wasn’t about a girl needing to find a father. It’s about the relationship between parents and children. And that helped me define the major chunks of the plot, the moments I needed to deliver to readers to feel a connection in their own lives even when there seemed to be little in common with either Brianna or Molly. And it took off…
  • So I can happily say that my passion is quite high… probably almost as much as I felt when writing the first novel. This is a strong story. And I will have a few social issues that are going to be both hard to write and hard to read. But I think I can do it in the most appropriate way possible. So I am mad excited and thrilled to start writing in August. July is flushing out the details and the story’s vibe… I’m super excited you’ll be joining me on this journey. Thank you, Friends.

Open Questions / Thoughts

  • I have two thoughts on the ending. One has the novel actually coming to a clean close with all the secrets revealed and the issues coming out; however, I thought of a very interesting plot point and cliffhanger to end the novel on, thus turning it into a two-book series with a sequel that takes everything an entire step forward. What do you think? Prefer single books or a two-book series?
  • The novel is going to have several different cultural components, including explorations into romance, sexuality and mystery. I’m not sure how much I want to play up each of these, but I want the book to appeal across the board. I feel strongly about certain parts of each character which seem to sync with the story I want to tell. How do you feel about crossing genres?

About Me
I am a writer. I am currently searching for an agent and looking at independent publishing options for my first book, Watching a Glass Shatter. To see more, please check out the website for this novel where you will find the first 3 chapters, character bios and sample quotes.

I am writing my second novel, Father Figure, with plans to finish it in December, 2017. As part of the process to engage with my fans and followers, I am publishing a weekly status on the progress of this second book. For a description of this book, check out the post where my friends and followers voted for this book as my second novel.

Beyond these two books, I have a number of short stories, poems and other novels in various shapes and forms. I also read A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, Tags, Awards, Age/Genre/Book Reads and Author Spotlights, as well as the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge.

You can also access my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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31 thoughts on “My Novel: Father Figure (Week 1 – Friday, July 7th, 2017)

    Book Club Mom said:
    July 7, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    Good luck!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 7, 2017 at 3:17 PM

      Thank You. I appreciate it. Feel free to provide feedback at any point. 🙂

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    BrizzleLass said:
    July 7, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    This sounds fantastic! Really looking forward to seeing it progress!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 7, 2017 at 3:19 PM

      Thank you so much. I’m excited to work on this one… maybe get some early beta feedback after a few chapters to see what a few folks think.

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        BrizzleLass said:
        July 7, 2017 at 3:56 PM

        Sounds like a great idea! Hopefully help you find the right voice early on.

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    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    July 7, 2017 at 3:52 PM

    Great start!

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    Valerie @ Valerie's Musings said:
    July 7, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    Crossing genres is fine as far as I’m concerned. Many books do that anyway to some extent.

    As far as the ending is concerned, I’m a sequel-loving (and series-loving) person usually so I’m all for a sequel as long as the cliffhanger doesn’t involve whether or not someone lives. 🙂

    Congrats on getting as much done as you did this week!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 7, 2017 at 6:28 PM

      Thank You! I appreciate your input, too. When shall we start our buddy read?

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        Valerie @ Valerie's Musings said:
        July 7, 2017 at 7:28 PM

        I’m ready whenever you are. I know you were looking at the 3rd week of July so if you want to wait, that’s fine, but if you want to start earlier, that’s fine too. I almost always have one physical book and one eBook going. I have “The Bear and the Nightingale” in physical form and my next blog tour read in eBook form so whenever you’re ready. 🙂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        July 8, 2017 at 8:15 AM

        i think it arrives this week, thought i had it but not yet. will let you know early next week.

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    mistysbookspace said:
    July 7, 2017 at 8:07 PM

    I am so excited to follow along with your progress. I think you are already off to a great start.

    As for the crossing genres most books I read do that so it’s completely fine with me. And as for the ending I’m fine with either one really but I would love a standalone.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 7, 2017 at 8:38 PM

      Thank you! I appreciate the input. I think I may actually write this one with the last few chapters open until I see how it all plays out. That way I can see if the characters tell me what to do too! I see both sides for sequel or no sequel. I have a feeling I’ll be thinking about it all night!

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    ThousandVision said:
    July 8, 2017 at 4:32 AM

    All the best…great idea.looking forward for something interesting.

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    MoJo said:
    July 8, 2017 at 8:45 AM

    Yes always to a cliffhanger, and if not a cliffhanger, something obvious and clear that is deliciously left unanswered. Also I am a serious fan of mixing genres, but that’s my style in general. I tired of the same thing over and over again.

    In the end, it’s always about the end. Hmmm… Maybe let me reword that a smidge. For me, the ending makes the entire book. I can read a novel that could have been found in the kindling / rickety table prop section of the store, but if it has an ending that knocks out of the park or leaves me wanting more, I will be a fan for life.

    Sorry for the endless response. I’m too verbose as always. I love reading about your process though. It’s fascinating to me. My own approach is more about incessant word spewing. (Read this comment if you need an example.) 😉 You are so clever, and I can’t wait to see your amazing tale unfold!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 8, 2017 at 9:14 AM

      Too funny. We’re a lot a like, it seems! 🙂 Thanks so much for replying. I agree on the cliffhanger and ending. If it’s phenomenal, then we’re good. If it’s weak, then doesn’t matter. Lots to think about here for Father Figure.

      I appreciate the kind words (clever, me?)… looking forward to getting to know you more.

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    superwifeandmummy said:
    July 9, 2017 at 3:21 AM

    Good luck to you. Sounds intriguing. Relationships with parents can make or break our psyches , so highly universal subject matter here. Will be reading more of your posts soon, toddler permitting.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 9, 2017 at 7:37 AM

      Thank you. I appreciate it. Yes, kids come first! Hopefully you get a little you time, too! 🙂

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        superwifeandmummy said:
        July 9, 2017 at 7:47 AM

        😂 Thankfully I do! Thanks for popping in and reading and of course for following 😊.

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    authorsinspirations said:
    July 9, 2017 at 6:38 AM

    Hi James,
    Nice posts you have here. i came over to check a link and got lost browsing. I like it. Nice work you have here.
    Jina

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    […] about lately… putting me back on schedule tomorrow to start writing character bios for “Father Figure” […]

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    Kortny Dorty said:
    July 24, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Sounds great James! Look forward to this. Good luck 😀

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    vinnieh said:
    August 13, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    This is all very exciting. Good luck with it all.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 13, 2017 at 10:11 AM

      Thank you

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        vinnieh said:
        August 13, 2017 at 10:16 AM

        Anytime dude. Seeing that you’re writing a story, I really must start doing some story writing on my naughty site. It’s been a while since I did one. Is there anything you’d like to see?

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 13, 2017 at 4:10 PM

        I’ll have to give that some thought!

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        vinnieh said:
        August 13, 2017 at 4:13 PM

        Thanks, I appreciate that.

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