Still Life With Novel #1
Last November, I posted this story of my writing process for novel #1. After I finished writing about pigeons, I returned to this project and have been deep in it ever since. So I thought I’d update.
I snapped the shot above because when I finished the current draft and printed it, I felt proud. Now I’m working with this pile of papers to ensure a few things:
- the story has a day-by-day rhythm that works
- I’m using sexy, thematically appropriate language and sentence structure
- the plot makes sense
So what are we looking at in this photo? That stack of paper beside the butt-end of my hot pink stapler, a pen, and a nail file, consists of:
- a color-coded, day-by-day plot outline
- theme-word lists for each of the novel’s four sections (on hot orange paper)
- an 80,000-word manuscript
Yep, the manuscript has almost doubled in size, so I’m also looking for places I can cut. And I’ve joined a local queer/trans writing group where I hope to find some momentum for this final push. After this draft, I’m looking to sell.
Anybody know an agent or publisher looking for a bisexy romp through deadly sin and snow in San Francisco?