Looking back, it’s hard to fathom how an entire month has passed. It seems like only yesterday I was sitting down at my desk, desperately trying to re-immerse myself in the massive fictional world I’d created. Despite a slow start in Week One, I’ve settled into a rhythm and now I’m churning out some chapters I can be proud of.
Because I want to make the most of this opportunity to write unhindered by other responsibilities, I’ve been working on my book for 60-80 hours per week. That may sound like a lot, but it doesn’t feel like a lot. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about this book that energises me.
My current WIP, “The Gloaming”, is a contemporary fantasy novel about a boy who befriends some extra-dimensional humanoids. Together, they confront monsters, racism (species-ism?), evil scientists, and a tyrannical king who will stop at nothing to stay in power.
The book is split into three parts. Part 1 is already complete. Part 2 has been my project this month. Unfortunately, it takes me ten times longer to rewrite chapters than it takes to draft them. Nevertheless, I’m approximately halfway through the edits for Part 2, so hopefully I can finish them before my next update at the end of May.
In addition to working on my book, I’ve recently taken up writing flash fiction (under 300 words) and micro-fiction (under 100 words). I’ve always considered myself a concise writer, but fitting an entire story into such a tiny space is a fun challenge. You really get a sense of what’s important to the story and what isn’t. You also learn to convey complex ideas in simple ways without detracting from them.
I’ve never been a huge fan of using social media, but I recently started using Twitter as a way to connect with other writers and readers around the world. I actually made the account last year, but it was suspended within seconds of creation. For some reason, I thought it would be a long, drawn-out process to get it back, so I put it off for a long time. But when I appealed the suspension? It took less than a minute to regain access. Hooray for small victories! Feel free to follow me @jrschuyler1 if you want more behind-the-scenes access to my writing process.
That’s about all the news I have for now, so I’m going to head back to my WIP. I hope you all have a fantastic day.
J. R. Schuyler