The past few months have been busy. With a new job, writing time has been hard to find. However, I have been able to finish five short stories, and one that I can’t seem to find the right way to end. The good part is that I submitted all of them to various magazines. To date, none have been accepted.
I have also been outlining my first novel. It is a science fiction action/thriller, that may be either a YA or adult novel. It is in three acts, and I am creating the scenes. I am debating on whether I should make chapters next. I still need to tighten the scenes, and then make sure the plot flows.
The characters are fun, but more work. I have the main character, and some secondary characters almost complete, but still need to complete the villain. I don’t think he is strong enough yet.
Over the past three days, I have started the story. The opening scenes focus on the main character, and I wanted to see if my anticipated beginning is strong enough. Definitely needs to be tighter.
I have also submitted an application to a critique group. All of the existing members have been published, so an experienced group of authors. I could learn much from them. I need them to help me grow as a writer.
On the reading front, I have been consuming many writing books. From character and plot development, to beginnings and scene development, I have increased my knowledge of writing. I have interspersed some science fiction and fantasy books.
Hopefully my next update won’t take as long.