I’ll update this page periodically so you’ll know where I am on current projects.
October 11, 2020
Been a while since my last update. Working through the first revision of my GameLit / LitRPG Lite novel, and I have a working title now:
So far, revision has been a tough but rewarding process. I’m averaging about 2 chapters per week. The issue is, I’m basically re-writing the chapters as I go. The general ideas of the story are there from the first draft. But in this revision, I’m focusing on including the character beats, filling in plot holes, making it all fit together better, etc.
I would love to be one of those authors who self-publishes 3 to 4 novels a year. Right now, that feels a long way off. My hope is I’ll eventually get faster at all this. For now, I’ll just keep pushing through.
See you next update!
August 11, 2020
I’ve finished reading back through the first draft of my Gamelit novel. Along the way, I took notes of what to change, improve, etc. It’s rather daunting—my revision notes document is over 20,000 words long.
Spent the morning today going back through it and organizing. Now, on to the hard part. I need to decide on major structural changes, plot holes, character arcs, etc.
This is my first time writing a novel, so I HOPE this will be the most unorganized rough draft I ever write. The lessons learned here will hopefully transfer to novel 2 and beyond.
In other news, The Write Practice asked me to contribute an article on my experience winning the Summer 2020 short story writing contest. It was fun to write an article again. I haven’t done that in a while. If you’re interested, you can read it here – 5 Writing Contest Strategies To Improve Your Winning Chances.
July 3, 2020
In the revision process of the first novel in my Gamelit series. Currently, I’m halfway through reading the story after letting it sit for a while. I’m not editing yet. Just making notes.
When I’m done, I’ll make a revision plan and outline. Then I’ll edit from that.
I also have two short stories in mind to offer to my newsletter subscribers. This next week will be vacation for me and family, but I plan to complete a rough draft of one of these stories.
June 8, 2020
Finished the rough draft of the first novel in my GameLit Series. Untitled for now, but the subtitle might be something like: The Lore Hunter Series.
I’ll be planning out my revision process this week. And will likely start re-reading the rough draft as well.
On a separate note, I set up this website this week. It’s been exciting, finally seeing progress on this lifelong dream. I’d like to thank J.F. Penn for the inspiration to do this “writing journal” page to keep track of my progress. It’s a great way for readers to quickly see what I’m working on, as well as an archive for future reference.