Why writing is so hard

I literally spent six hours over the weekend trying to come up with a name for the world in the Book of Dreams. I had a name from years ago, but the story has evolved and outgrow the original name.

The new name of the world is Kuria. It actually isn’t that important to the story line and isn’t used much. I felt I was making too much out of it. But names are important for the tone they set and the impact it has on the reader. You know something about Severus Snape even before you’ve met the character.

I’m okay with Kuria.  There is a plot reason for the name that makes sense, which was important to me.  And I’m going to have some fun with the name in the second book.

But it’s definitely a challenge when it takes six hours to come up with one word.

Book of Dreams has escaped

Just sent off copies to a handful of early beta readers. Still waiting for the editor to get edits back, that’s an ongoing process. Launch is still possible at the end of September. I’m getting excited so it must be close.

Heads up that I’m going to give away the first half of the book as an EPUB.  The entire book will be up on Amazon to buy.

But if you are on my newsletter, I will be sending you a link where you can download the entire ebook for free.

If you’re not on the newsletter, you can sign-up at the top of the page. People already on the newsletter can tell you that you won’t get spammed. It’s more likely you won’t get anything. Embarrassing, but I’ve been a bit lax about sending out newsletters.  Something to improve as the journey continues.

Very strange

I finished chapter 21 last night and with that…

I appear to be done.

Sure, I’m still waiting to hear back from the editor. I will likely make some minor additions, clarifications, etc.. But this is the first time I’ve ever hit a real milestone and said that I’m finished.

It’s very weird.

 

Editors, beta readers and the final chapter

I sent a first draft (or ninth, depending on how your counting) off to an editor last week.  I still had a few chapters to finish, but didn’t want to delay anymore.  In the meantime, I’ve finished my own editing of every chapter but one.  Just finished chapters 28 through 31 tonight, but need to go back and fix up chapter 21.

I’m super stoked. One more chapter to go and the book is pretty much finished except for whatever my editor comes back with. As soon as shes given it a pass I’ll be sending out to a handful of beta readers.

I’m not planning to make major revisions unless I get some very clear feedback that somethings wrong.  However, I do plan to use any feedback for the second book, which is already about 2/3 done.

I’m targeting Sept 15th to release, but that might shift depending on how the editing and beta reading goes.  But I’m definitely close and very excited.

More to come soon, promise!