Okay time for a really quick update:

I spent the last week re-writing the first 10 chapters including the prologue, While I did do some writing mostly it was a chance to tidy up the first section of the manuscript, It was starting to resemble one gigantic paragraph which wouldn’t be very readable, So I went through it again page by page and tidied it up, added some stuff and deleted some stuff, I also merged two chapters into one because the ‘break’ between them just didn’t seem logical after all.

I have decided not to spend anymore time on those chapters for the time being, They are by no means perfect yet but I’m just going to leave them as is and concentrate on the rest of the MS, I’ll rewrite them again once it is finished and I’ve received feedback from Beta Readers. Doing this will allow me to start on the “middle” section without spending time on what has already been written which as I’ve found out can be quite distracting. A friend recently said she was too close to her stories to be able to edit them effectively without feedback and I think I’m at that point with what I have written so far – Going over it again could prove disastrous plus my brain has been churning out ideas for subsequent chapters and if I don’t get them down soon they’ll weather disappear completely or drive me insane!

MJD

I took a few days off working on my book because I was offered the rare chance to act as a Beta reader for MYTH – Book 2 of The Guardians Of The word series written by the amazingly talented Jolea M. Harrison, Book 1 cHOSEN was an absolutely brilliant piece of Scifi\Fantasy work and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the genre.

When the opportunity came up to read MYTH a month or so ahead of it’s release how could I refuse? simple I didn’t, Now maybe I had a job to do, that is advising the author of plot content and structure etc. but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t work and play at the same time so to speak.

I loved reading the next adventure in the series and was amazed with all the plot twists, the character developments and the mystery of it all – who can and can’t be trusted – Who does or does not survive (Still not clear after I’ve finished reading) – What has or has not happened? who is aligned with who it’s all incredibly exciting and I think you would be remiss in your duties as a fan of the genre if you don’t read CHOSEN and if you don’t then read MYTH when it is available.

Aside from a few minor spelling and grammar errors there really wasn’t much to contribute to the story though I do hope some of my suggestions go through to the published version.

CHOSEN is available on AMAZON now for Kindle or paperback and I strongly urge you to check out at least one version of it and MYTH when it is available, Personally I have both the ebook and paperback version of CHOSEN and even though I have essentially read MYTH I will be amongst the first to order both the ebook version and paperback version when they are available.

In closing apart from me saying how unbelievably awesome MYTH is may I just say congratulations to Jolea M. Harrison for having a second brilliant novel and the best part is there are still 5 or 6 books in the series to go – YAY.

Now that that most pleasurable distraction is done I’ll go back to working on ORIGINS tomorrow

MJD.

Okay so after a few weeks that prevented me from doing any serious writing I was finally able to sit down today and punch out enough words to get me past the 30,000 word mark – It has been staring me in the face for weeks almost daring me to surpass it and while there were times when I honestly doubted I could do it I fought through that and now I am happy to report that the book is about 1/3 written That might not seem like much but 30,000 is ALOT of words and since the average length of a novel in this genre is 80-90 thousand words I’m happy with the progress so far and I’m starting to think this thing might actually get done and hopefully people will want to buy it when it is – Obviously if people don’t buy it or don’t like it I’ll be disappointed but I am a big fan of this genre so I’m trying to write what I think I would read and so far I’d have to say I would read what’s been written though that might be just a bit biased!

So hopefully if I would read it then many others would too though as I’ve said before after several failed attempts by me to start this story in the past I think I’m at a point where I couldn’t stop writing if I wanted to – the characters even the ones who haven’t appeared yet are floating around in my head screaming for attention and resolution so I’ll either need to type them out nor take anti-psychotic drugs and I don’t think I’d enjoy the latter option very much.

A quick update on the name situation – Last time I said I was thinking about changing one of the main characters’ names and the name of the entire first book, Well I did change the character name, Taking out just one letter made it so much better and I surprised myself by changing another characters’s name too, Not sure why I changed the second character’s name but it is also better now. I decided not to change the book name partially because I can’t think of a better one at the moment and partially because I’m not convinced that “ORIGINS” won’t work – guess time will tell either way.

Until next time thanks for reading,

MJD