I’ve been writing constantly now since the weekend I spent on Waiheke, I originally started writing Historical Fiction, but as I delved more into the new world of self publishing, I discovered the joys of writing genre fiction and how writing sci-fi/post apocalyptic fiction made more of a fit for my current style. I started working on my current WIP at the end of September 2016 and I’m now in the final act of the second draft. I’ve been doing a lot of learning in regards to both craft and publishing since then and now as my story is coming to a close in it’s first book (of three).
This is a new genre for me and to get to grips with how story worked in genre fiction I read up on the three act structure. This was something of a throw back to when I took a screen writing class in college and applying it to fiction has helped greatly in figuring out the arc of the story that I want to tell.
I’m now thankfully at the point where I know my characters, I am getting to grips with the world I’m writing in and the setup. I know where I want the series to go and how I want to launch it. To put it simply, writing a story is hard. There’s a huge difference between simply typing and telling a good story that will be worth someone’s money someday. After all, if you’re going to ask someone to buy a book from you, you better make sure it’s a good one.
I’m now at the 50,000 word mark, I have 25,000 more to go before I feel like I can call this draft done. I’ve reached the start of the third act with the second inciting incident on the page. It’s coming together and every day my story develops and deepens and I’m looking forward to the next round of edits where I can start polishing it to make it shine. Launch day isn’t too far off, but there’s a lot of work to be done till I get this to the point where I’m ready to hit upload to Amazon.