March Novel Update

I don’t want to overwhelm people with stuff about me when it seems like not a lot is happening, but a novel update (and information other projects) once a month isn’t too bad, right? Here we go!

The blog

I’ve been making a few slow changes around here! My big project is updating old posts so they’re more readable and SEO-friendly, but I have also put more time into promoting myself and it seems to be paying off.

The gains haven’t been huge, but they’re steady. I’m also seeing more comments, which is fantastic. I love talking to you all, so please keep it up. If you’re feeling shy, you can use the contact form here instead of posting a comment for everyone to see.

I have some great posts coming later this month and on into April. Some of them are more advanced topics than I’ve covered here so far, but I think I have the subjects broken down so they’re easy to understand. Please come back for those! I think you’ll learn a lot.

Short stories

I had a great idea for a short story, but I’m having trouble getting all the little details into place. Unfortunately, the next Writers of the Future deadline is at the end of the month and I know it won’t be finished then. Rather than stress over it, or try to force myself, I’m revising the short story I sent to Fantasy Magazine back in August. They rejected it, so it’s still eligible for WOTF.

I feel like this is a better choice. I do my best self-editing after taking a break from a story, and this piece has already taken on a lot of new life. I’m still going to finish the other story and I’ll save it for the next quarter. It’s a really fun idea; it’s just not ready yet.

Sorry I’m being so vague about these, but I could be disqualified if I share too many details here. I think I’ll probably hear results from the last quarter sometime this month.

The Novel Update

Progress on the second draft has been slow, but satisfying. I’m incorporating some new techniques and I’m using new software, so there’s been a bit of a learning curve. I have a post about that scheduled for next week, so I hope you’ll come back and read about it.

Eventually, as I get closer to publishing the novel, I’ll start gradually releasing more information about the characters and the plot. I don’t know when that will be, though.

Other Things

One of my big goals this year is to finish the writing course I signed up for back in November. I’ve worked my way through three sections of it. There are eleven more sections left, which are made up of multiple videos, and four books to read. It takes quite a bit of time, but I’m learning tons. My license expires in November, so I need to buckle down if I want to get through everything by then.

Another goal is to learn as much as I can about marketing and promotion. Whether I self-publish or go with a traditional publisher, most of the promotion will fall to me. I want to go into that with a solid action plan and clear goals.

As far as my writing goes, I just need to buckle down and finish some things. I want to convert a short story into a novella, and use it as a promotional tie-in for my novel. I also have an old draft that I want to revive, break into a trilogy, and self-publish. There are short stories in my archive related to that draft, which will probably also become promotional material.

I think I’ve said it before: I’ve got enough ideas to keep me busy for years. It’s just a matter of putting in the time and focus and getting things finished. That’s the biggest goal of them all.

That’s all, folks!

I hope you’ll come back and check out what I have to offer in March. I’ve put a lot of time into this month’s posts. One of them might be a little controversial, but I hope it’s not going to upset anyone. I’ll have another novel update for you in April.

If you have any questions or anything you’d like to add, please feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks!

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