Books, Writer's Diary

Writer’s Diary: November 2021 Update

I’ve been back from break for a few days now, and I’ve got a progress report!

Today, I’m going to be focusing on two primary subjects. The first is the latest update on Threads of Reality. The second is my plan for November. As for the blog and Energia, there really isn’t much to say; things will simply keep going as they are now for a time.

To start, let’s have a look at the most recent stats for Threads of Reality: Shadows of Revolution!

  • Total pages: 331
  • Word count: 169627
  • Chapters: 17 + Prologue + Epilogue

Currently, I am working on Chapter 13, Page 282. This chapter will likely be one of the longest in the book, if not the longest. Thankfully, it is turning out to be one of the most fun to write. One of the protagonists is having an out of body experience and a central mystery to the story is finally beginning to unravel. At the rate I’m currently going, I should (hopefully) be done with it by the time this update is released.

Unfortunately, that is likely going to be the quickest and easiest work remaining to me in my editing. Chapter 14 won’t need a ton of work, so that should go quickly. Chapter 15, however, is going to be a huge time sink. That chapter is the grand climax of the primary story (Daria, Richen, and Nileth). Sadly, I am not happy with any of what I wrote in the rough draft. That entire chapter will need to be reworked. Same for Chapter 16; the falling action was just as rushed and unsatisfying as the climax. Thankfully, Chapter 17 and the Epilogue won’t need too much work.

My hope is to have this book in the hands of my beta readers by the end of the year. However, that is being optimistic. If that doesn’t come to be, then I hope to have it done before the spring. I had started working on this project way back in April of 2020, and I’d like to have it finished and ready for reading before the 2-year mark.

As soon as book one is in the hands of my beta-readers, I’m going to start work on book two. That’s the part I’m super excited to get to. Book one is very much an introduction, the first act of the ToR saga. Book two? That’s where things are going to get interesting.

But I guess I shouldn’t start hyping up the second book when the first one is still ages away from publication.

Now, as for my November plans. I’ll be focusing slightly less on ToR just for this month. Because guess what? It’s NaNoWriMo! I didn’t participate in this last year, and I intend to make up for it this time! I want to see if I can crank something out quickly; god sure knows ToR wasn’t a quick process.

The project is a simple mystery novella. Nothing especially complex or ambitious. I’ll probably write one or two short stories to fulfill the 50k word count of the month. Those, I intend to publish before ToR, so you can expect to see them sometime before my primary project.

When will that be? I have no idea. My current plan for publishing these is self-publishing, likely via Amazon. But before that, I need to work with my beta readers, write an edited draft, work with editors to clean up the books, pay artists for covers, format said covers to fit the book, and then publish them. Not to mention advertising. All of that is a lengthy and expensive process. One that will take months of work.

While that process is happening, I’ll continue work on other projects. Best to have a backlog for future publications, right? That way, I might be able to take a vacation one day!

What better time to get some writing done?!

That’s all I have for you guys today. I’m still writing a ton of stuff and I’m eager to share it all with you. That said, it will definitely take some time to complete the publishing process. I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated every step of the way!

Thank you very much for reading, and have a wonderful day!

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