The thing is, while this may be the first update on the progress of my novel, I should say it has been a work in progress for nearly two years now. Several things have kept me from finishing it, but perhaps the most significant reason is that I don’t write full time. I have a full time job in a completely unrelated field, so time to work on the novel is limited to nights and weekends, which are often meant for family time. That said, in two years I have roughly 95,000 words, which is great, but there are a lot of gaps I need to fill in. Also, stuff I wrote a year or two years ago is constantly being rewritten or scrapped. Most of the rewrites aren’t major, but sometimes you just realize that over the course of the writing that you’ve learned more about the characters and their lives and must reassess portions of their story.
My current goal is to finish the novel by the end of 2013. From there we’ll see what the next step is. Despite lack of resources to promote the novel on my own, I am leaning towards self-publishing rather than make an attempt through traditional publishing options. There have been enough self-publishing success stories to make me think I can get a respectable number of readers if I put in the effort to do so. But, it’s too early to be thinking about that. I want to finish the book before deciding what to do.
What is the novel about? I’d like to share that, but I’ve been advised that discussing your novel before completing a first draft is not a good thing to do, but there are some things I can tell you to give you an idea as to whether or or not you think it might be something you’d consider reading. I am a fan of Nick Hornby and Jonathan Tropper novels, and I’d say I’d consider my novel as being in the same genre.
Currently, I have not settled on a title for the novel yet. It has a working title of Not Famous, but I am no means married to that title. Unfortunately it’s an element that often distracts me from actual writing. I can spend chunks of time considering the book in its current state and wondering if there’s a more appropriate title. I need to convince myself it’s not worth worrying about at this point.
So, that’s where it is at.