My Novel: Father Figure (Week 3 – Friday, July 21st, 2017)

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Last time we chatted, I’d just finished week #2’s update for Father Figure, the new novel I began writing earlier this month. For a summary of the novel, scroll to the bottom of the post. We have arrived at the end of week #3, which has been another productive one; status follows below:


Status:  Friday, July 21, 2017 – Week #3

  • 30-page outline has been completed, containing:
    • Overview
    • Character biographies
      • Physical descriptions
      • Relationships
      • Key emotions
      • Voice and perspective
    • Setting/Location descriptions
    • Timeline
      • By year and month
      • Major events for all characters included
      • Includes before the book starts / takes place so references to history exist
    • Chapter descriptions
      • List of scenes and locations
      • Minimum five bullets per scene
      • Goal specified for each chapter
  • High-Level Writing Timeline
    • Prepared approximate page count by chapter (based on goals and scenes)
    • Noted expected # of writing and editing days by chapter
    • Estimated 12 weeks of solid writing and first round editing with beta reader feedback included

Outline Complete!


Next Steps: Plan for Week #4

  • Research the setting locations and character personalities to incorporate very specific facts into the detailed descriptions and scenes
  • Write chapters 1 thru 3 (Note: I am prepared one whole week earlier than targeted!)


What’s on the author’s mind?

  • It was a productive week as far as outlining a lot of the details going into this book. I am very clear on the motivations of both primary characters, but I know it’s not complete. I will adjust as I go, but I have a good enough focus to start writing.
  • Diversity will be very important in this story. It’s not a story about the struggles of people who come from a diverse background, but a story of two women who handle situations in very different manners. And, oh yeah, they just happened to come from a diverse background. The central theme is discovering who you are, how you achieve your goals and where you draw your strength from.
  • I need to begin thinking about how to publish this novel. Will I look towards a traditional publisher through a literary agent? Will I consider self-publishing through Amazon or Or is there an ideal in-between method?
  • When do I want to create a website for the book and start drumming up some hype?
  • Who will beta read the first 3 chapters in mid to late August?


Summary of Father Figure (if you’re new to it)

  • One young girl’s need to escape the mundane life she’s grown up in and another young girl’s quest to find her father, unaware of all the circumstances they’ve both been placed in due to decisions and actions occurring nearly 20 years ago and that both women have made in the present. How well do you really know your parents? Do they truly understand you? Can you ever truly escape the past?
  • A contemporary fiction novel set in two time periods with two primary characters:
    • 1998 – Amalia Graeme, about to turn 18, attends college, leaving behind a mother with whom she had a difficult relationship. While Amalia 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. Amalia makes a few choices which will later have disastrous consequences.
    • 2018 – Amalia, going by Molly and living in NYC, 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 with whom Molly had a one-night stand and later found herself pregnant with no way to find him. When Brianna uncovers her mother’s old journal, she learns the shocking secret that her mother never knew who the father was because it could have been more than one man. As Brianna searches for clues to find her father, she stumbles upon a few facts which could completely change the future. But when the stranger who attacked her mother re-surfaces, not even Molly knows if she can protect her daughter anymore.


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, 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.


24 thoughts on “My Novel: Father Figure (Week 3 – Friday, July 21st, 2017)

    Roda said:
    July 21, 2017 at 2:57 PM


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    BrizzleLass said:
    July 21, 2017 at 3:18 PM

    OMG! I feel like it was yesterday I read your last update! You are doing so much and now I feel very lazy because I have done nothing since I read your last update! 😩 Giving myself a swift kick in the backside whilst simultaneously applauding you! 👏👏👏👏

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 21, 2017 at 4:09 PM

      It’s been a productive week… I had extra time. That’s the only reason why! I can help prompt you during the week if you need! LOL


    Leafさんの夢が。。。 said:
    July 21, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Wow, I had no idea you were considering publishing. That’s amazing! I write too and am also considering presenting my manuscript to agents soon, but it’s really nerve-wracking. I understand that as a self-published author you have to pretty much do everything by yourself. That’s a lot of work and I wish you the best! Father Figure sounds absolutely intriguing and I wish you the best!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 21, 2017 at 4:11 PM

      Congrats on getting close. And thank you.

      Yes, it’s not an easy market, but if you are good and you have a passion, I think you can be successful at self-publishing. I’m still looking at options tho!

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    mistysbookspace said:
    July 21, 2017 at 6:57 PM

    You are on a roll!! I literally seems like I just read your last update yesterday.

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    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    July 21, 2017 at 10:14 PM

    Good job! 😁😁

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    carhicks said:
    July 22, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    You are really making good progress. The story sounds really intriguing. Keep it up. I am such a procrastinator and have mild ADD, I could never do what you are doing. I make schedules just to ignore them I think.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 22, 2017 at 9:34 AM

      Ha, to ignore them. Love that!!! Thank you. I appreciate it. It’s feeling good right now.

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    inspirationpie said:
    July 22, 2017 at 12:59 PM

    Oh,wow, Jay! This is going to be wicked! Can’t wait to read it!

    As far as publishing, I’ve heard good and bad things about both self and traditional publishing but it seems to me that the lean now for most writers is toward self. Definitely worth putting feelers out there to see if there are any bites in traditional publishing, however.

    I’m putting my hand up to volunteer for beta reading 🙂 Have you considered having an email list for your beta readers/early reviewers? Go Team Jay!


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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 22, 2017 at 2:12 PM

      Yes! I’m trying to create a plan for each path to help me decide how to proceed. Thanks!

      I will take you up on beta reading! I do need to pull together an email list. I’ve been a bit more disorganized about that. 😦


    Christy B said:
    July 25, 2017 at 9:25 PM

    Wishing you all the best with your book writing! I’m working on a book of short stories 🙂

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