V-Log: Thoughts On The #Novel I’m #Writing At The Beginning Of The 2nd Act, First Draft

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

So I have reached the beginning of the second act of the novel I’m writing. It’s still just the first draft, but I’m reasonably pleased with what I’ve managed to come up with. I continue to think of Hollywood stars who might play different characters in the novel for no other reason than it is a convenient short hand in my mind as I try to develop the characters.

One character, the female romantic lead, I write with Jennifer Lawrence in my head. She is, at least, the type of person I could see playing the character. In turn, I could see Bradly Cooper as the Hero, though Jon Hamm or George Clooney might also fit the bill. I’m writing the Hero as something of a scamp, who works hard, plays hard and the audience can identify with because he’s human and flawed. But it’s going to take a lot of time to get to that point.

The story, itself, at this point is extremely breezy. It’s something of a scifi beach read. My goal is to write something along the lines of The Martian. Though with a goal of 100,000 words I think my novel will be a bit more weighty than The Martian, it aspires to be a spiritual successor to it. I want this novel to be a provocative beach read you can finish over a weekend while sunning on the beach.

Anyway, after I give myself a few minutes of reflection, I’m going to sit down and plow into the second act of the novel, which is typically about 60% of the total. I’m really influenced by the Foundation Series and the Millennium Series. Both of those are pretty accessible, easy reads that are at times though provoking.

But I have very low expectations. I’ll be content if I manage to produce a well-written, if self-published, novel.

V-Log: Mulling The First Draft Of My #Novel At About 17,000 Words — Jennifer Lawrence Bait

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

During the course of this one, I talk some about how I hope the novel I’m writing might be Jennifer Lawrence bait.

V-Log: Hollywood & The #Scifi #Novel I’m #Writing

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Some thoughts.

V-Log: Update On My Novel

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Sometimes, you just gotta put the work in.

V-Log: Status Of My Novel The Evening Of August 12, 2018

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarl
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Just about 20 minutes of me talking about the status of the novel I’m writing. Enjoy.

V-Log: More Discussion Of My #Novel I’m #Writing In The Context Of The Western Tradition

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Just me idly rambling about my novel I’m writing.

V-Log: The Status Of My #Novel For August 12, 2018

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Just me talking out where things stand with the novel I’m working on. Enjoy.

V-Log: Race & Gender Politics In My #Novel #Writing

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

In this v-log I do a deep dive into a whole host of issues I hope to address in my novel.

V-Log: Status Update For My Scifi Novel For August 11, 2018

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Things are moving along quite quickly.

V-Log: Status Of My Novel At About 11,000 Words, First Draft

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

The novel I’m working on is a spiritual successor to The Martin and Arrival. It will be a really easy read, but present the audience with some thought provoking concepts. I’m writing the first draft of the novel right now and it’s changing pretty dramatically from the original scene summary I’m using as my guide. But the story is improving significantly. I’m quite pleased.

I’m giving myself until the end of the year to write the first draft, which I hope will be about 100,000 words.