Thanks for asking, I'd be happy to give you an update.
In one word: Semi-stalled.
I have sent off my first four chapters to be professionally edited. I have always openly professed that my achilles heel is grammar, and I am striving to improve in that area, but I didn't know how weak it was until I paid to have my short story edited. OMG! The corrections suggested were amazing. And this after it had been proof-read by at least a half-dozen people who know much more about grammar then me. So I decided to only have the first four chapters of my book done because the majority of agents will request that many chapters initially if there is an interest. If by some grand stroke of luck I find an agent who wants to see more, then I'll decide then whether or not to fork out more money to have the rest of it done.
In the mean time I know what I needs to happen next, I just can't force myself to take that step. A lot of people in the publishing industry refer to it as the final edit. It's where you go back through the book, line by line, making final corrections, fixing (obvious) grammar issues, expounding upon descriptions and other fine details. Its a tedious process, but one that cannot be skipped if you ever hope to see your work published.
So what's the hold up, you ask. Fear. I'm afraid that once I finish that last step, and I declare my novel finished and ready for submission, that will be the end of my writing stint. I'm afraid that after going through the process of actually putting it out there for critical review, that the truth will come out and I'll be revealed as a shallow version of what a real writer produces. And if that is the way this should play out, then so be it. I'll be content with the knowledge that I produced two novels that a few people found enjoyment in, but weren't meant for the mainstream. I'll be dissappointed for sure, but satisfied that I at least took a shot.
But I'm not ready for that bubble to burst just yet, so I procrastinate when instead I should be working on my novel. I know I'll return to it soon, because I do intend to have it judged. Just not today.
On a different note, I now have ten blog followers! I recently stumbled across the blog of a newly published author . . . who only had seven followers!
Maybe. Just maybe.
- DL Hammons
- Continually trying to answer the question...can a man of few words write a successful novel?
I'm a Mystery/Thriller/Suspense writer from small town USA who struggles everyday to balance my passion for prose against the need to be a full-time bread winner. Finding ways to devote more time to my writing is the challenge, but for now all I can do is follow this tug at my heart to wherever it leads. I'm here primarily to soak up all the knowledge I can from the writing-centric blogosphere, but I'll do my best to contribute by thinking of new and innovative ways to churn the writing pot.