Finished My First Novel!

Hear the latest: after about half a year of writing I’ve finally finished my novel, Revolution: Rise of Darkness! 

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Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: I haven’t posted all the chapters up to that point yet. Well, anyway, the thing is that I don’t want this blog to be flooded with chapter postings, since a blog with posts with tons of ‘More’ tags don’t look exceedingly good, but in any case, I FINISHED MY FIRST NOVEL. YES.

Okay, so anyway, I might have finished writing the novel, I still have to edit it. Editing is, as exciting as it sounds, probably one of the most boring tasks ever because it’s super-creative and super engaging. No kidding, except that I forget to add that I’m being super-sarcastic here.

Anyway, I think that at this point it’d be a bit nice to think about how writing my first novel went…

The first thing about this is that I really think I shouldn’t be forcing myself to write anymore. When I do force myself to write, I produce quite a lot of crap and I believe I’ve said this before. I don’t want to be writing crap, but sometimes I set my own stupid deadlines that I feel obliged to follow despite having a minor case of writer’s block, and what comes out is a not-so-well written chapter. Yeah, I’m not very smart, am I.

The second thing is that I should’ve given myself a better outline of my novel.

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There was this time when I’m writing the climax, and I wanted to see what my notes said about it. All it said was ‘THE OPERATION.’ Great, thanks to myself, I love you. Totally. ‘The operation.’ Perfect. I totally know what is going on. And add this with the forced-writing I put on myself during this week, what came out of it was a totally suckish climax that does not deserve reading and will be heavily edited. But I’ll post it before editing anyway just to show my folly.

I also think my character development wasn’t too good, so that’s something to work on in my next novel.

Despite all this I did enjoy writing Rise of Darkness (which I will now abbreviate as RoD). I think my skills a writer did improve over the course of writing this novel. But what’s coming up next?

I’m also thinking that although I originally intended Revolution to be a trilogy, I’m going to cut out the third novel and only write one more sequel to RoD. My reasons are simple. RoD was a novel about surviving the wrath of the soldiers on the mainland, but then the characters escape to a neighboring island that still holds out against the Great Leader’s soldiers. I planned for the second novel (which I haven’t come up with a name for yet, sadly) to be about defending the island and the third novel to be about the reconquest of the mainland. But then I realized that writing a whole novel about defense is not gonna be super-fun, and so I’m going to be combining them into just one novel. The result might be that it’s going to be pretty long (RoD alone was 60,000 words) but I don’t mind length.

My next novel, however, will not be the sequel to RoD, because I’m frankly bored of my own characters. 🙂 Instead, I’m going to try my hand at historical fiction and my next novel (which I also haven’t named yet) will be about the Persian Wars.

Thanks for reading.

-Ken

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