POLARITY

So I wanted to make a little post updating you on what has been going on lately!

We’ll start with “Colors to Stars”, which has always been the working title, and now I have found the actual title: POLARITY. I have a list of literary agents I think would be interested in this project, and I am planning on taking the long road of traditional with this novel.

I have three parts up over at the TheFaithfulTroubadour.com blog about writing a musical, but I planning to write something a little bit more in-depth on this side about my experience in writing POLARITY, and the growth I’ve seen in myself when I finished the first full edit last week.
THE BLESSED is still in the back of my brain, and I might revisit the land of Eviryia after I finish “PARADOX” [the working title of my next novel], which I will be starting in February and hopefully finish during NaNo Camp in April. So, it is possible that I’ll dip back into Eviryia to finish up the trilogy during NaNoWriMo this November.
And there you have it! There are several big things coming onto my plate this year with The Faithful Troubadour and some other theatre stuff, but that is another post for another time 😉

Two Birds, One Stone

Yesterday, I won NaNoWriMo. 50k in 19 days.

Today, I finished the rough draft for Colors to Stars, (which is going to need a real title soon), totally at 73,056 words.

It is bittersweet to finish a project, especially one that has had so much of my heart in it. But it has been a very good journey so far, and especially in these past couple of days of writing I’ve had a lot of great personal insights. Some encouraging, but mostly convicting.

I’ve realized there are things I have been holding on to, thinking that they might help heal so many wounds. I’ve discovered that these things, which I explore in this novel, some times give temporary relief, or satisfcation, but they always demand more. And the price they require is great, one I am not willing to pay.Read More »

Moving Forward, Letting Go

I just finished Act 1 of Colors to Stars and I’tm already in analyzing mode. There might not be enough words. Should it be longer? Hmm. I can add a scene here and here without slowing down the pacing too much. Might even help it build better.

The only problem is, I have experienced time and time again, and heard from others over and over, that the priority of a first draft is not word counts or the perfect outline or seamless pacing: it’s to finish. So I have to do the hard thing and not go back. I have to keep writing, moving foward.

The nice thing is that my outline, while complete and leads between plot points smoothly (I hope!), leaves plenty of room for discovery. In fact, almost every single scene I’ve plotted has evolved much differently than I originally pictured. The start and finish lines are the same, but how the characters move from one to the other is a whole new adventure.Read More »