I’m debating on whether or not to halt the first draft of “My Cancer Story” at Chapter 100 (which will now run through June 25th, my birthday) until I am complete with the novel as a whole. It’s not a matter of spoilers, or worrying that my sales of the eventual novel will take a hit, but more of a question of whether or not the book will be better off with such a looming deadline. Don’t get me wrong, self-imposed deadlines are crucial to the creative process, but I don’t want people reading a product that could be dramatically different than the final product, even if the depiction of the “revision process” is one of the reasons I posted it online in the first place.
My voice has altered in the – almost – two years since I began posting a chapter a week. We shall see. So far, I’m up to Chapter 103, and I know I will finish at around 120. But that’s the thing, this is all subject to change: the chapter count, each one’s length, etc. That’s not to mention the shift of structure & pacing, culling, and more that will be administered once I finish the last word of the first draft.
Well, after an entire month off. It’s not wise to jump into a revision too soon after the initial version, and likewise to wait too long after, so a month will be a perfect duration. (If you want to be one of my beta readers when the book is nearly finished, please let me know!)
But what else will pass by your eyes over the course of the next few months on http://www.GuyOnAWire.com?
–I plan on continuing my #ConTENder series that shares my thoughts on a potential film in my personal Top Ten film as I see films with which I can relate.
–I’m toying with an idea of a series that focuses on movie topics that don’t get enough attention or ones that I hope to shed more light upon.
–When I finally read a book for my Book Goal, I will write a mini book review on each here. I haven’t read one yet, but during my month away from MCS, I anticipate reading a few to commence my count to fifteen new books in one year.
–I’m constructing a sequel piece of one of my favorite posts ever, which will delve deep into who I’m trying to be in Hollywood. I’m looking forward to this one the most. Try to guess which one.
So that’s the next few months in a nutshell; it won’t be everything, but this is a good approximation of the posts to come.