It’s been a while since I’ve written an update on my writing.
Writing my second novel has been a journey and it’s not over yet. After writing and making progress on a first draft, I scrapped that version of the story. I didn’t like the pace or the narrative. I knew I couldn’t sustain it for at least 70,000 words. It wasn’t going to happen. So I started a new document and got to work on version 2. Same story told differently. Currently, I am at 25,000 words right now and I am so proud of how this version is turning out. I know the first draft is going to stink overall, no matter what. What’s important to me now is finishing the first draft so I have a full story to work with, edit, change, and make better.
My goal is to submit the finished manuscript to literary agents to then (hopefully) get published by a publishing house or imprint. I figure I’ll reach for the moon, and if I don’t quite reach it with this book, I’ll still fall among the stars by self-publishing.
It’s a story I want to tell. It’s relatable and pretty darn honest about the human experience with relationships, romantic and otherwise. I can’t wait for you all to read it.
I’ve been dabbling with a new writing project for a while now. At this point, I’ve written so many different opening chapters that I can’t wait to write the ending chapters just to mix it up. Basically, I’ve started a lot of story ideas with hope that one of them would stick and resonate so I could continue a new story in a direction I could live with. This turned out to be quite challenging and well, frustrating and disheartening as well. It took me revisiting an old opening chapter that I had written a few years ago that I really liked. It reveals so much about the protagonist and her situation at the opening while keeping the secrets close to the heart. It also has a lot of humor, which I love. I’ve decided to expand beyond one chapter for this story. I’m giving new life to my 2nd novel project!
This will not be a continuation of “Swing Sets.” I think it’s important to differentiate the characters to establish early on that this is a different story with different characters and situations and challenges. I’ve been writing non-stop for this storyline lately and it’s coming along. It’s all very exciting. I can’t wait until it’s finished and I can share more details.
After the successful debut of my self-published novel SWING SETS, I have decided to work on a new writing project!
I’m planning a new novel — not a sequel, to SWING SETS but rather a standalone story. I’ve written a first chapter so far, and while I can’t share any details at this point, I am very excited about constructing this new creative endeavor.
Stay tuned for more updated on my writing process with this new project!
For now, you can find my debut novel SWING SETS on Amazon.com as a paperback and Kindle book, and on Barnes & Noble. Also, SWING SETS and myself are on Goodreads, too. Let’s connect!
In addition to being an author and advertising industry professional, I am also a singer/songwriter. One of my favorite originals that I wrote is called “Tell Me Who I’m Supposed To Be.” You can listen below.
If you like the song, you can listen to more of my music on my SoundCloud.
So I did it. I wrote my first novel. I self published my first novel. SWING SETS is a major accomplishment for me. I’m very proud of it. And I’m sure more people will discover the book and it’s current and relatable story going forward.
The question now is do I have any other stories to tell? The answer is yes!
I am working on a concept for a new, current, and relatable story that I am writing into a novel! Book #2 is in the works. I’m taking what I learned from SWING SETS and infusing it into this project. I am so excited about it! It is tough to let go of the characters I wrote in SWING SETS and move on to a new cast, but I am looking forward to this challenge. I wish I could divulge more, but this is all I can say for now.
Stay tuned for more updates about my process of writing a second book. Thanks again for all of your support!