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I finished a book about 2 days ago. It wasn’t the book mentioned in the last post. I worked on that book until I realized there were some fairly significant character flaws, so I put it aside. I decided not to work on it for a couple of years, until my memory of the characters had softened a bit, so instead I wrote something else. Turned out to be about 90,000 words. I believe I started it about 8 months ago, but I forgot precisely when.

That second book, which I called Lisette after the main character (I suck at titles), was an exercise in writing in first person, which I’d never done before, and in story structure. I’d been reading a lot about story structure and wanted to try properly structuring a story before I wrote it. And, more or less, it worked.

So now I’m working on yet another book, tentatively titled Joana, in which I’ll be practicing proper character structure. She’s a secondary character from previous books, so I know a little bit about her, but I don’t know much except that everyone who alpha-read Lisette really liked her. I like her too. I’m going to try to really nail down the characters before I write her book. And if that works, then I’ll go back to the first book, restructure the characters, story, and plot, and write it. Again. (It’ll be something like Draft 7 for that book.)

After I have 3 books in the bag, so to speak, I’ll reassess how I feel about publication. See, the thing is, I’m not ready for publication. My writing isn’t good enough yet. Lisette’s climax was weak. I didn’t properly structure the first 12%, which I’ll be doing upon revision. I’m not satisfied with it. I don’t feel I gave the secondary characters enough time for all the relationships to develop properly. And, frankly, the paragraph and sentence structure, and word choices, are crap. Better than they used to be, but crap.

About this blog: I started it upon the advice of my tax man. He said, “if you want to be considered a small business instead of a hobby, you need a Twitter account, a Facebook page, and a website/blog.” So I made those things. And I deducted my expenses for 3 straight years. I’m glad I’m done setting up my writing business, because if that new tax bill becomes a law I won’t be able to deduct anything ever again. But, if I’m not going to bother trying to convince the government that I’m serious about writing, I don’t really need the blog. Or any of the rest of it. I’m years from needing a platform and no one gives a damn about wanna-be writers anyway, so I can write whatever I want here because no one reads it. Like, literally, no one reads this blog. (Waves at the Russian spam-bots who leave me comments.)

That’s kind of freeing, because it means I can write about whatever I want. Like, earlier today I spent some time plucking random unwanted beard hairs. It’s funny how they grow wherever they want. And irritating. More irritating than funny, to be honest.

Well, back to the grindstone.

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