A Small Victory

I have, this afternoon, finished the initial outline of …For The Quest Of Damon Roth, the last book in the Gods Among Men series.  This is no small achievement, for it spells out how the various plot threads I have in mind will end.  No doubt I shall make adjustments to this outline, but a basic framework is now in place. 

I have already written a first draft of the first book, so with this effort I now have the series bookended.   That leaves me with five other books I need to outline.  Given how much effort this outline took, I expect it will take me several weeks to outline all the books. 

After that I have something of a debate with myself over what to do next. 

Should I put effort into putting the outlines on the web-page?  This would give me an easy reference where I can find what I have planned for each chapter and section.  And it would give those who might be interested in the story something to look at now.  Provide them some idea for what is to come.

Or would it be better to put my efforts into taking the outline and producing quick first drafts of each chapter and section?  That way I would have a draft of the overall work, which I can then show to potential publishers.  Not to mention the possibility of gaining a following for the story.

Or are there other areas where I should spend my limited time?  Options not obvious to me at the moment.

I will make my decision later.  Right now I want to enjoy the moment of finishing one portion of the outline before beginning outlining the other books.  It is a good feeling, and I just wanted to share it with the world.

Resolution Delayed

I have been forced to scale back some of my good intentions due to my recent back surgery.  I spent much of last week either sleeping or otherwise incapacitated, and right now I can only sit in a chair for a couple of hours before I must go walk, lay down, or recline for a spell.  That said, I am much better than I was a week ago, a day before my surgery, when I was timing how long before I could take my next narcotic painkiller.  In any event, my posting on blogs has taken a back seat to more pressing issues.

This not to say I haven’t been thinking about my story, or what I plan to do next with this website.  I still plan to devote a fair amount of time to producing new material, but it might take me a few weeks to reach my stated goal of 20-30 new pages per week.  I plan to first write down a brief chapter-by-chapter outline for the overall work in more detail, starting with the ending and working backwards.

That Sounds Bass-Ackwards

Yes, I plan to outline my work in reverse.  The reason why is because I know what the ending is, and by reversing the order I can more clearly see the sequence of events that lead up to the ending.  That foreshadow and make the final plot-twists and revelations obvious in hindsight.

Time Is Not On My Side

What I need is time to do everything on my rapidly growing to-do list.  I have editing to complete on existing chapters, new chapters to create, outlining to do.  I need to arrange a new meeting for the Magic City Writers’ Group.   I need to port existing drafts to PDF and XPS format and post them on the website.  I need to add additional sections to the website so I can post maps and my background mythology. I want to create MP3 readings of the various chapters and post them on the site.  Add to this list my lengthy to-do list for my day job, keeping up with two blogs, physical therapy and exercise, and my efforts to upgrade my home theater.  (The new Denon 4810 receiver is drool-worthy.)  I need more hours in the day, and my surgery means I have actually fewer hours each day.

I’ve been here before.  Too much to do and not enough time to do it in.  I know the drill.   Focus on each task one at a time, do it well enough that you will not need to look at it again for some time to come, then move on.  Slowly each task will fall to the wayside, some will become unimportant, and the rate that new problems are added to the list will decrease to a manageable level.  It takes time, in this case likely months, but eventually the tsunami will crest and recede.  

And with that I bid adieu for now as I go to research a topic for my Magic City Writers’ Group blog.

A New Year’s Resolution

I have long dabbled at writing, but in the last couple of years I have become far more serious about becoming a professional writer.  That said, I have one story in particular that dominates my mind, and I must finish it before I can move on to others.  That story is Gods Among Men, and it is long and complicated. 

My skill as a writer have grown considerably in the last two years, and I feel more confidant in my ability to tell my tale than I ever have.  I have come to realize that I must write all of Gods Among Men down in one burst of creativity, and then edit it into something I like and which is publishable.  The size and scope of this task has long paralyzed my will.  This year, this new decade, I declare, “No more!”  Now is the time for me to act, and let my work speak for itself.

My New Year’s resolution, starting today, is to write 5-7000 words, or roughly 20-30 pages, of new material each week.  It is a tall order, but not beyond my ability.  I will not succeed each week, but that is no reason not to try.  I will edit existing material as well, but I will no longer allow editing to become an excuse for not writing. 

To be precise, I intend to write my story from beginning to end.  A first draft of the whole work broken down by book, chapter, and section.  I will need to spend some time outlining my story as well, and I think some of that should count towards my stated goals. 

I also plan to expand this website as well by including character descriptions, world mythology, maps of my world, and other such details.  Perhaps even podcasts of my finished chapters. Some of that may count toward my to stated goals, but not all.  I will not allow work on this website to become another reason for not writing.

I will also maintain this blog, and the one I have at the Magic City Writers website.  There I will post about writing in general, here I will post about my story and my efforts to meet my goal of 20-30 pages per week.

Today is the first day of my new resolution, and I am already behind.  So I shall sign-off for now so I can spend at least an hour tonight writing.

Here’s to a new decade, I look forward to finally telling my story.