Snippets of an Author’s Life: Post 1
It’s July, so the starting date has arrived. There’s no more room for excuses. I’ve been preparing for months for this moment.
It’s time to face the hardest writing job I’ve had to do to date: put out my novel—again.
The unfortunate thing is I’m redoing work I already did three years ago. So much grind for what feels like no true progress. This time was to be used for the writing and production of other books. But since my original publisher is no longer in business, Beyond the Precipice will get some reworking before I put it back out on the market.
I’m taking this opportunity to update some of the material, put it back into Canadian English for location authenticity, and add content, such as Discussion Questions and Author Q&A. It’s a blessing in disguise.
What’s particularly hard about releasing this second edition? Since I was essentially unable to do any novel work over the past year, I have to put the entire book back into my head. (Ever consider what it’s like dealing with the same novel ad nauseam while other novels call?) The upside is that by doing so, I’ll be handling two projects at once: producing the second edition of Beyond the Precipice and reacquainting myself with its timeline and details so I can proceed with Beyond the Music—because writing a sequel is darn hard for the very reason that you now have to keep two novels in your head.
Outlines. I know. It doesn’t matter how many outlines or notes I have or how detailed they are; it’s not the same as experiencing the story and characters—that essence you can’t write down directly, but which shines through as the characters themselves tell their story. So you really have to know them, be them, live their events.
Outlines are guides so you don’t get lost, or so you include certain things at specific times. They are recipes, not art. Instructions don’t give a book its soul. It’s akin to following a bread recipe versus feeling and knowing when the dough is right, which takes a degree of familiarity and experience.
As a rule, one of the few things I don’t procrastinate about is writing, but this is an unusual project, and one I’ve been away from for a while, so I need a kick-start to get back into the rhythm. Literally. Motivation by, say, kicking my own butt to just do it!