Onward And Upward

by Shelt Garner

Things fell through with the manuscript consultant because I’m a broke ass motherfucker. I just couldn’t afford what she was asking when it came to looking over my outline. And, yet, I’m actually writing a solid draft now and I don’t really need any help until I finish it.

When I finish this draft, then, THEN I’m going to need some help.

I still don’t know if this is a first or second draft. In some ways, it’s a first draft and in some ways its a second draft. But I’m reasonable sure that I’m going to be able to zoom through this latest outline and wrap up a draft of some sort in a few months.

Then I will size things up and decide if I feel comfortable with looking for beta readers (and being a beta reader) or if I need to re-write everything again before I do that.

Annie Shapiro, left, with me way back when in Seoul. Ms. Shapiro is the inspiration for an important character in this series I’ve come up with.

And, of course, in the back of my mind, there’s the five other novels I want to write in this same universe. I may dabble in working on those other novels should it become clear that I’ve actually produced a really good second draft and not a really good first draft of the first book in the series.

One thing I definitely need to do is read more. A lot more. But I’m so busy producing content that it’s really difficult for me to consume it. Yet I need to do that. I really do.

Anyway, I’ve come up with a really interesting universe. I think the overarching arc of the planned six novels on a macro scale is really, really engaging. But I have so much work ahead of me. Wish me luck.

Author: Shelton Bumgarner

I am the Editor & Publisher of The Trumplandia Report

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