Ain’t No Redemption – Journal Entry

It’s been a while since I offered a proper update, here we go.

I finally started the re-write a few days ago. Finished up the first chapter of draft two and am about halfway through chapter two. It’s funny, because when I started outlining this novel back in October, I had visions of publishing it early this year. But the more I wrote, the more I realized how much more work needs to be done before this novel is ready for the public. And yet I’m not dissuaded, rather, I’ve been getting excited to go back and re-work the story.

During the first draft I ended adding some characters and subplots which, while I knew they would help tell a better and more thorough  story, needed to be realigned. I didn’t realize it at the time of writing, but I understand now why so many writers talk about getting some space between drafts. While my manuscript sat and I worked away at some other writing my subconscious was apparently at work searching for ways to teak, fix and restructure the narrative.

So far this is the furthest I’ve ever reached writing a novel. I wrote a draft for another a little more than a years ago, but never went back to it. Not to mention the large collection of half finished (often half cooked) drafts of other novels floating around my hard drive. Before I found the idea of that much work daunting. Now, I’ve been practically giddy with anticipation to write this second draft. I suppose it all comes down to that finished product.

I’ve said before that it’s not when I publish, but what I publish. Recently I’ve been peeking at a few novels from other indie writers. Some have been good, but I find most feel rushed or incomplete. As if the stories have much more to say yet the author never took the time to say it. I don’t want to be that guy who publishes something for the sake of getting published. Yes, the idea of seeing a novel out there with my name on it is like a siren’s call and all that. But publication is easy. A good story is not.

Anyway, the only other news I have is that thanks to the wonderful Mariachristina Romano , Ain’t No Redemption has a cover! I’ll reveal some time in the future. For now I’ll just say Mia did a great job and for a (too) reasonable price!

At any rate, I’m off to the day job!

Godspeed, fair wizards!

-Marsh

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