As AMAZING as it is to be nominated for a HUGO! At my core, I’m a writer, and in 2003 I began to write my first FANTASY novel, which as it turned out I found was from my perspective was awful. Not from a character sense, or a problem or a story telling per-se, but from clarity, saying what I need in the right tense. I’ve spent a fair amount of time getting pulled this way and that way with writing groups and such… until I found my own way. Until I was able to tell the story the way I think it needs to be told.
Today I finished the second edits to my first fantasy novel. Something that started out at 144,000 words is now 89,000, and ready for the first time after after picking up a pen 12 years. This morning I penned “THE END” and had a moment of pride. Too any author that has done that, they know how I felt. It’s a wonderful point in time. Equally it’s a horrible point in tie when you can set your work free… So now I have searched for the next part in the saga. Book two starts out at 113,000 words, and I hope it is better written so that it sits around about the same size as the first ended up. Only time will tell. I think I’m getting better at it, with clawing time between my PhD to edit and straighten all my words and tense. It’s a fun time.
As it stands I have a novel I could hand out… but then people will read it and ask for the next, so I’m thinking perhaps I need to get that one done too, quickly so I can have it ready and then finish the next two in the saga.
Oh to have so many choices at this point. Advice from you all would be wonderful. Do I sit on novel one until #2 is ready, or push it out there for the world…
I wish I knew.