This is the status of my current novel, “The Face of Grace”.
As of March 17, 2019
Words Written: 32,650
I began writing this novel in August of 2017. I resigned from my position as Director of Financial Aid/Assistant Dean/Adjunct Faculty at Barry University in July of 2017, after twenty-five years. I moved from South Florida to Boise, Idaho the same month, August. My breakdown commenced immediately, LOL. No job, no career, living in a foreign state, moving, missing my former co-workers, missing friends and missing Florida. All sort of changes in my life. Yet, somehow I experienced a lucid day and wrote the first three short chapters of this novel. I was fascinated with the concept of a popular well respected young pastor of a large church losing it. His mind, his desire to live, and his faith. He eventually embarks on a drive across the country to meet with theologians and religious leaders in an attempt to answer that great question, if God is all powerful, all knowing and all loving, why did He create horrible suffering and evil, or why does He allow it? Theodicy.
Not much work was accomplished for months. But as time moved along I began focusing more on writing. I wrote about a dozen short stories, had a few published, most rejected, and also engaged my photography career with similar results. I love writing flash fiction, short concise stories that are usually less than 1,000 words. I spent about $250 on an intensive short story writing course. I read other resources on the mechanics of writing and joined a few online writer groups.
I am also an avid blogger. Always have been. I once wrote a popular blog for ten years straight. Currently I have four blogs going as well as a photography site. And of course, a heavy daily (hourly?) Facebook/Instagram presence.
I eventually sought balance in my life, and decided to proportion my energy into four areas: Novel Writing, Short Stories, Blogging and Photography. Instead of engaging in whatever activity I feel like doing, I a adding structure to my days. Certain days are blogging days. Certain days are short story writing days. One day a week is dedicated to the mechanics of publishing, such as market research, submissions, etc. And at least three days a week to novel writing.
The purpose of this blog is to encourage and support my novel writing. By talking about my progress, or lack of progress, I hope that this will encourage me to write more.
I am also learning a great deal about novel writing. You know, over the years I have started numerous novels, but usually the word count didn’t surpass 5,000. One or two made it to 10,000. Anyone can write 5,000 words without a problem. Once you hit 20,000 words though, you really have to start paying attention. What was that character’s name again? Did my hero drive a car or jeep? Dammit, why would he hit that person when seven chapters earlier I mentioned he was a pacifist? And then there is the issue of time. I had characters doing four days worth of activity in half a day’s time. So, had to fix that.
I am not sure this novel will be good enough for publication, even self publication, but I am learning so much about the mechanics of writing, as well as the art of writing, that I intend to finish it. I am aiming for a minimum of 60,000 and a max of 80,000. So, at 32,650, I have a long ways to go!
Come along with me, will you? Leave comments encouraging me. Offering advice, healthy criticism. I’ll do my best to share anything I learn and blog about my mistakes, the software I’ve explored, writing links and so forth.
Wish me luck. No, wish me persistence!