by Shelton Bumgarner
I’m now working on the document that will be what I use to actually write the first draft of the novel itself. I’m giving myself until July 4th to finish it. Or, put it another way, whatever I have at that point, I’m running with.
I’m trying to give myself a page a scene, or about 200 pages. And I’m trying to do in a way whereby I can essentially scan the text and get as much information as possible. This comes after I’ve finished a scene summary, which has helped a lot.
It took a long, long time — several months — to get to this point. But now things should move a lot quicker. I should be able to wrap the bible up by my deadline and work seriously towards wrapping up a first draft — that only I will read — within about three months.
After that, I will take about a month break, as is suggested.
Then I will turn around and do it all over again. Though, I suspect the things will go much, much faster. I’m shooting for a Summer 2020 publishing date, though I have a hunch for various reasons, it may be more like Summer 2021.
I just don’t know, though. I just don’t know.
I’m moving as fast as I can. Overall, it feels great. I’m really pleased with what I’ve managed to come up with so far. It’s a really interesting little political fairytale.
Wish me luck.