Thursday, July 21, 2011

NEWS | Chapter 2 Complete

Well, I've started the first draft of the next novel and am happy to report I'm finished with chapter 2. One interesting aspect of starting a new book is that you and the characters are strangers at first, much like the characters are strangers to a reader who starts to read a new book. As a result, my pace seems to start slow when the process begins. Besides the lack of action during the introductory scenes, it feels awkward getting to know who the characters are, how they speak and respond to each other, and their mannerisms. At that point, plowing through two or three pages can take a while. Soon, however, everything seems to fall into place and the per-day pace can triple or quadruple.

On another front, I've returned to my first (unpublished) novel and decided to put it through yet another revision during my lunch each day. After completing two books, you tend to grow as a writer and recognize how much polish that first book requires!

I plan to keep everyone updated on the progress for this third book.

Never give up!

John Herrick

Today's playlist: Let's Get It On, Marvin Gaye (No, that's not a joke.)

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