One of the funnest parts of writing is not knowing what will happen next. That applies to stories as well as life. Case in point: this morning, I got up at 6 a.m., as usual, planning to write my regular 2,000 words on The Water War before I began my other work for the day. Instead, I kept at it for the next eight hours, and now, at a little after 3 p.m., my first draft of the novel is complete! I can't tell you how elated I feel to know this long-awaited (at least in my mind) book is one huge step closer to being published. Now I'm going to walk away from the manuscript for a couple of days to let the story percolate in my brain and then dive back in to start revisions.
I FINALLY managed to clear my plate enough to bang out over 6,000 words on the book over the past three days. I'm having so much fun watching this adventure unfold that it's hard to stop writing and turn back to my other work.
In terms of a schedule, my goal is to have a solid first draft in place by the time Canadian Thanksgiving rolls around. Then I plan to spend the next month editing and revising, with the goal of having a finished book ready to release by the end of November. Stay tuned!
I had hoped to have this novel out by the end of August, but last May, I signed on to write, direct, and produce a feature-length documentary, which kept me on the road and away from my desk for much of the summer. However, now that the bulk of filming is complete, I can settle back at home into more of a regular schedule, which means getting up early and continuing work on The Water War.
This novel is more complex than the previous two books in the series, because, at a certain point in the story, the main plot branches into a series of sub-plots that come together again toward the end of the book. So, that has required a lot of planning and outlining to make sure everything weaves together. However, I should complete that process this week. And considering that the first half of the book is already written (including a couple of revision passes), I believe I'm still on track to get the book out later this fall.
In the meantime, here's a quick look at part of the thumbnail sketch for the cover which is being created as we speak.
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