by Shelt Garner
It has taken much, much, much longer than I had hoped, but I’ve finally — finally — gotten a handle on the first few chapters of the third draft of my first novel. I continue to do all of this in a vacuum, so, lulz, it could be that my fears about any manuscript consultant I hire telling me to pretty much start exactly where I did before may come true.
Or not. I don’t know yet.
I like the story I’m laying out, if nothing else.
Instead of just throwing everything at readers, I space things out some and gradually lead to a Big Event around the end of the first act that pushes my heroine into the second act.
But, as I keep saying, the issue is — I could very well be querying this novel just about the same time the entire world goes tits up because of a combination of The Fourth Turning, WW3 and The Singularity.
I definitely like the sequence of scenes I’ve managed to stitch together. I also need to start reading — and using my streaming services subscriptions –a lot more. I definitely get the sense that the more I read other people shit and watch content that I didn’t have a hand in producing that that stimulates my creativity.
Anyway. Wish me luck.