The Silvan Book III: Update #1
Mid August and I find myself at my writing desk once more. It’s SD1 stage (Shitty Draft 1).
Many authors will agree with me that this is the most time-consuming part of the whole process, the most involved and most absorbing moment. This is when the writer goes into hibernation, lives in pyjamas, drinks coffee by day and wine by night and all the while, scenes of the book are playing and replaying in their head. This is all I have been doing for the last two weeks.
Dawn of a Legend is being created, rearing from the strange recesses of my obsessed mind and I must say, it is slowly beginning to take shape. Meng Yeen, my Beta Reader, is proving as precious to me this time as she was for the first two books in the series; in fact I sometimes think she knows the story better than I do, knows the mind of my main character more than I do. It is unnerving and it keeps me on my toes. Thank God for Meng Yeen!
So SD1 will be ongoing until October, when book coaching will begin with an overall evaluation of the book – no specifics. I am really looking forward to Andrea Lundgren’s Big Picture Coaching, because once I know I have a good, solid base, a story that is well-paced, has all the elements it needs, is coherent and interesting enough to read, then everything will click and the ball will start to roll faster down the path towards publication.
And then comes the line-by-line coaching, editing and proof reading and if everything goes to plan (ha ha), the books should be ready to launch some time in May 2019. I am wondering about the possibility of adding some simple sketches of the characters. I’ve never done that before.
I am immensely optimistic about book three, especially after the great success of book 2, Road of a Warrior. Reviews are slowly but surely rolling in for both episodes, both on Amazon and Goodreads and for book three, I would dearly like to have more Advanced Readers before publication, so please let me know if you are interested.
So back to writing. You probably won’t hear from me in a while but I will still be reading you guys and keeping up with your stuff.
Thanks for reading.