It’s been an extraordinary week full of intense focus and free-flowing words to the point that I nearly doubled the quantity I expected to complete this week. I’m still in a bit of shock, but the scariest part is as of this afternoon, I’ve completed 27 out 28 planned chapters. And I plan to finish writing the final chapters by Monday afternoon so that I can say the first draft is done. Don’t ask how it happened, just be glad! Without any further ado, I present to you Father Figure’s weekly status:
Status: Friday, August 25, 2017 – Week #8
- Chapters 17 thru 22
- The goal was achieved. I actually completed the most complex portions of the novel, where all the major actions happen. It was a bit of an emotional week, living through what happened to these characters. As I was channeling the mindset when someone goes through what these wonderful extensions of my world have encountered, I found myself actually feeling depressed and excited. It’s only then that you can accept you’ve maybe dug deep enough to produce a solid story with good writing.
- Chapters 23 thru 26
- I wrote 4 additional chapters this week that hadn’t been planned. I’d finished my original commitment by mid-day Wednesday and decided to just “push” it, as many of you read in one of the 365 Daily Challenge posts earlier this week. These chapters were difficult, as I had to deal with the repercussions of all the drama and conflict unfolding. It’s a bit like throwing a halfway assembled puzzle into the air and finding that when it all comes falling down around you, you can see more clearly what needs to happen to finish it.
- Favorite Line
- One of the lines that just fell from my lips, which I hadn’t even thought of or considered during the outline, feels like a contender for my favorite one:
- “All you’ve ever done is build a plan for my life so that you have something to regret when it falls apart. I am not the practice game for trying to figure out what you should have done with yours in the first place.”
Next Steps: Plan for Week #9
- Write chapter 28 to finish a complete first draft of the novel pre-editing. I expect it to end up at 350 pages or about 108K words. I also expect to open a bottle of champagne at dinner on Monday evening when it’s completed as a little toast to such a major accomplishment.
- Nine (9) weeks ago you voted for the premise of Father Figure as my next novel. I had some vague ideas of what I needed to accomplish, but nothing concrete. And it took me three (3) weeks to outline and (5) five weeks to write the whole novel — only because of everyone’s faith in me. Thank you.
- Round 1 Edit:
- Re-read all 28 chapters and make notes for what needs to change, move or go
- Highlight by color each of the different character and scene descriptions to ensure everything matches across the length of the novel
- Finalize who will be the list of the first 3 to 5 beta readers
- I might be ready to send out a few chapters to folks the day I leave for a trip to visit family in Louisiana 9/2 thru 9/5. If not then, it will be 9/17 – 10/1 while I’m in North Carolina and Florida.
- If you have time to read while I’m away to provide feedback when I return, private message me on Twitter, Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s on the author’s mind?
- The ending is still in heated debate. Two people have read chapters 1 and 2. A different set of two people are the only two people who have any idea what the whole story is thus far and what I’m considering doing if it’s a single book versus a potential series. Both of those people separately advised me to write the final chapter from both perspectives, which is double the work. But it might be double the pay off, so I plan to do this on Monday before I close out the first draft. I probably won’t let beta readers see both versions, perhaps just the one that sounds the best. But at least I have a fallback plan. Thoughts?
- I’m learning more about myself from writing this book. When Amalia encounters her first conflict, I thought about what I’d do in her situation. Then I thought about what a girl her age in that situation might do. It seems I might have a few things in common with an 18 year girl from a small Ohio town. Who woulda thunk it? Not sure what it says about me either… ugh, life is quite a paradox.
- I gained some confidence this week. I’ve written tons of book openings, outlines, and even gotten as far as writing a third of a few novels I never actually completed, before this one. But on Monday, I will have two fully written 350+ page novels under my belt. And you know what? I’m pretty darn excited and proud that I can accomplish a goal when I set my mind to it. My writing style has improved. My voice has grown strong. My perspective on life has changed for the better. I can’t tell you how much happier of a person I am by choosing this route for the future.
Meryl Streep is my favorite actress, so this is me right now!
Summary of Father Figure (only read if you’re new to the book)
- Amalia Graeme, sheltered and abused for most her life in Mississippi, longs to escape her difficult family and small hometown in 1984. When her older brother returns with his best friend, Amalia is tempted to have her first experience with a boy that summer. As they head off to college for her first year and his senior year, she begins to learn about life and love, battling her loss of innocence with the attraction she’s developed to an older professor. After she suffers a few personal tragedies, Amalia is forced to head back home, uncertain how to handle the permanent impacts on her life and future. No matter where she turns, someone or something always takes away her possibility of hope.
- Brianna Porter is desperate to discover the purpose of her life, develop confidence in who she is, accept the consequences of who she has fallen in love with, and discover her father’s identity. Set twenty years in the future in New York City, there’s a connection between these two women’s stories that is about to be discovered. As Brianna stumbles upon her mother’s old journal, she learns a shocking secret about her father, rocked by a truth that could completely change the future. It may be too late to deal with the impacts of unleashing a history that was meant to stay buried for many reasons. When it leads to someone’s death, Brianna must come to terms with the choices she’s made and what is left of her own future.
I am a writer. I am have signed a contract for a publisher on 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 and submit it to a publisher in November, 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.
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