Friday, February 20, 2009

INTERIM Progress

The new novel that just sort of happened, which I'm calling INTERIM here (the working title isn't much better, but the story's terrific), is moving along. It's now 20% done and the prose is either in final draft form or close to it. I'm editing a bit as I go. This is another one that's just falling into place. I'm really impressed with how strongly it started. I'd have to say it's my best writing yet, in terms of those qualities I'm trying to imbue my writing with from a writerly point of view. The story concept is also intriguing. The characters have definite personalities and there are real sparks flying (ie, conflict).

The distractions have persisted but hopefully things will begin to improve now and I'll have more time and focus to get more writing/editing done.

BTW, I missed the Amazon contest this year, but now that it's on my radar I'll definitely have it in mind when it rolls around next year. I will try hard to participate then, and also to finally send something out prior to then. I've certainly grown by leaps and bounds the past few years and the quality of my writing has gotten to a point where I feel it is commercial grade, at least the stuff I'm writing most recently. Certainly the story ideas always have been, but the challenge was to improve my writing in ways that I can deliver the necessary standard of prose on a consistent basis (ie, not writing a great read followed by a total flop, but writing good prose time and time again).

Anyhoo, best wishes to all other aspiring writers in elevating their prose to the desired levels, for which I recommend Evan Marshall's THE MARSHALL PLAN as a starting point.



Wynn Bexton said...

Hi Adrian, I haven't been on blogspot for a little while due to being busy teaching classes. Haven't even had time to do much writing on the novel. But I hope to catch up soon and will try posting a new blog in the next day or so. Nice to see you are hard at work! Write on!

Kim-free ads said...

I cannot wait to have a glimpse of your new novel.Thanks for sharing this post.

Wynn Bexton said...

Hi Adrian, I'm just winding up all my classes so hoping to have some 'free' time (or more of it) to get more work done on Shadow although I've done a bit (mostly notes). Good luck with yours. Sounds like you're on the right track.

(I just got a little miffed with a comment left on my latest post. Grrr.)

Adrian Swift said...

Hey, Wynn!

Nice hearing from you. I'm really happy you're able to free up some time again to focus on your own writing, after helping others with theirs. I know you've put a lot of work in on your fiction over time and I'm eager to see your novel about Alexander finished and in print! It's an era that has always intrigued me.

I checked out the comments. I had my own "grr" reaction as a bystander! Glad you have patience. I think this is why some fantasy writers prefer fantasy over historical fiction.

IMHO, as long as the main plot points are in line with commonly accepted "facts", the rest is poetic license. Storytelling comes first in fiction, even in historical fiction.

Best wishes for progress in your writing,