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Final Stretch

I believe I'm settling on Only The Dead as the current working title for what, formerly, I've labeled as Fallen for the past two-plus years.

Two-plus years? Sigh. Yes, now that I look at the original files, it's taken nearly three years (I'm about 50 days shy) to make it through the original draft and two or three rewrites. I'm only calling it a working title because I'm sure someone will change it down the road. Heck, I might even change it, and use the overarching label that was one of the other title's I considered: Aftermath. Or an editor might change it to Only The Un-Dead -- which might be acceptable, except I think it emphasizes the "horror" aspect too much.

So, it's looking pretty good at this point to finish the final rewrite. Added some information to a scene at the halfway point, setting up one part of the climax; I realized that, while I laid the groundwork during the original draft, or during one of the rewrites, I wasn't explicit enough. At least, explicit and subtle, which is one of the parts that makes writing fun.

Looks like I can get at least two books out of it. Again, stating the obvious fact here that I'm writing for my own pleasure and the muse at this point since I've yet to sell the thing.

AFTERMATH
1 -- Only The Dead
2 -- The Sun Also Sets

I think committing my muse to only one other book, while letting her loose on shorter works in the interim while I outline The Sun Also Sets, should keep her satisfied.

Comments

andelku
Aug. 27th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
Three years is nothing. My first novel (the one that got me the agent) took seven years. The one I'm working on now might take two years if I finish it on time, and that looks unlikely. If you work full time and have a family, three years is actually very reasonable.
stevenagy
Aug. 27th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
This is why I want to write for a living. So "life" -- otherwise known as the day job -- doesn't intrude. I get enough done. I think. About 3-5 pages a day.

Basically, a rough novel in 3 to 4 months. Except I still write organically, and plotting issues kill production. Muse treats them like stop signs. Tend to switch projects and focus on short pieces when that happens.
andelku
Aug. 27th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
Just remember that Dickens wrote Oliver Twist and The Pickwick Papers simultaneously, reportedly because he could not face the darkness of the former without alternating with the goofiness of the latter.
stevenagy
Aug. 27th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
And here I thought Oliver Twist was light and uplifting since it finished on such a high note. :-)
andelku
Aug. 27th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
I guess it was less uplifting for him since he was writing it from life.
stevenagy
Aug. 27th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
Very true. And he rightly deserves credit for writing out the issues.

I think the serialization of his books probably let him remain current and topical than is possible in modern publishing.

One of the advantages of the internet and blogging over traditional venues.
andelku
Aug. 27th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
Well, some folks mileage did vary on that one. Alexandre Dumas did not bother being current, topical or, for that matter, remotely historically accurate, serialization be damned!
stevenagy
Aug. 27th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
Makes you wonder what Dumas was thinking, writing fiction. The nerve. :-)

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