To start things off, I want to apologize for taking a small eternity to update this blog. For those of you that are still with me despite my abhorrent self-control when it comes to posting on a regular basis, I truly appreciate your dedication. I wanted to share a few updates about what I’ve been up to lately, as well as what’s in store for Written Constellations.
I’m Nearly a Quarter of the Way Done with Editing the Novel
As I discussed in my last blog post (Wow, it’s really been over a month?), I finished my first novel on April 8th. As of May 25th, I’m nearly ¼ of the way done with the first pass of the editing process. To be honest, things aren’t going as quickly as I’d hoped: But I’m still really proud of all the progress I’ve made.
It’s so surreal to see all that hard work I put in finally start to pay off. Chapters that were once filled with disjointed, incoherent rambling have evolved into an eloquently-worded narrative that promises to transport the reader to a realm of freedom beyond the stars. My favorite part by-far is seeing the huge blocks of notes disappear after I’ve incorporated everything into the text. There’s something so satisfying about seeing it all woven together on the page after sitting in stasis for far too long.
Since the first draft weighed in at right around 160,000 words, I’m currently trying to shave off some extra scenes. But I vowed to never sacrifice the integrity of the story to fit the word count of some agent or editor, so I’m really not sure how much is going to end up getting trashed. It would be awesome if I could get the final manuscript down to around 150k, but if I don’t, I’m not going to lose sleep over it.
I believe in this story. And if my future agent does too, they’re going to have to accept it for what it is: An Epic Gothic Space Opera.
A (Bittersweet) Sci-Fi Short Story Update
Recently, I’ve delved into the world of publishing Sci-Fi short stories. I’m in the process of trying to get one published, and the journey has been . . . turbulent, to say the least. Let’s just say that trying to get short stories published brings out the blistering negativity inside my own heart like nothing else. I’m still new to this whole “rejection” thing, and to be honest, the fifth hurts almost as much as the first.
When I look through sites like Twitter and Instagram at the faces of countless authors who have already been published (in the magazines that rejected me, no less), it’s really hard to find inspiration in their success. And to be honest, 95% of the time, I end up wallowing in my own self-perceived failure instead. I’m really not sure if this will change until I can finally get my own work published: So I’ve vowed to use each rejection as fuel for the fire.
There’s one glimmer of hope in this sea of soul-sucking misery, however: At least now I’ve already been rejected for something that isn’t nearly as important to me as the novel. Maybe it will hurt less when I face the inevitable scorn of agents and editors once it’s finally finished?
What’s in Store for Written Constellations this Summer?
On a brighter note, I still have availability for a couple more science fiction writing clients this summer. I’m willing to take on fantasy writing projects as well. I’d love to work with you to bring your dreams to life this summer! Whether you need an entire novel written or just a few short pages, I’ll make sure your writing project stands the test of time.
Thank you for taking the time to learn what’s been going on in my life this past month. Let’s hope the update is a little bit more “upbeat” next time! I’d love to share news with all of you that I’m ¾ done with the editing when the next blog post rolls around. And who knows, by then, maybe my latest short story will finally see the light of day as well.