Prioritizing My Third Novel

While we’re still in the first month of 2018, I figured that now would be a good time to speak on the progression of my third novel again. It’s been a few months since I last spoke about it anyway.

When I wrote the initial draft for An Absolute Mind, because of my previous experience in writing a novel and my consistency in working on it (even when dealing with the sudden passing of a family friend), I managed to have the novel completely written out within six and a half months. It’s now been seven months since I wrote the first chapter for the third novel and over a year since work officially began on it, and despite all that time, I still haven’t progressed that far yet.

Reasons for why this is occurring can be pointed, while others are a little more fuzzy. Since last month, several other writing projects have been occupying my time and more have been added on within the last few weeks. I’ve written a spec script for a writing program I applied for, I’ve been writing scripts for the next iteration of “The Geek Show,” and I’ve been working on – what is sure to be – my biggest interviewing project to date. All that, plus other things in life, have been going on as well.

But then I think back to the initial struggle I had with the story before; the experience the protagonist goes through in his past that was so relate-able to what I have been through, that I made the decision to alter it. I figured that once that was resolved, it would be clear sailing from there on out. Instead, it’s remained the opposite of that.

I know I have a unique story, but much like how An Absolute Mind was so different from what I had written in A Moment’s Worth, this one has its share of differences as well; the primary ones being that it’s set in a fictional universe and that the main protagonist is male. I wonder if these qualities about it are what’s keeping me from really prioritizing my novel.

If they are, then I really need to change my outlook on them. I shouldn’t be seeing these qualities as barriers, but rather as challenges to tackle. That’s why I set out to mix it up a bit with each novel I do. Perhaps if I approach my third novel this way, maybe I can actually get a lot more work done.

So that’s what’s been going on with that. I don’t know how often I’ll give updates on the progression of my third novel, for I don’t want to speak too much too soon about it.  But bear in mind this: I’ve witnessed too many instances of people starting on incredible projects, but don’t see it all the way through. For me, I have every intention to finish what I have started.

An Absolute Mind is now available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & NobleCreateSpace, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, etc. If you read it, please leave a review, for they’re greatly appreciated and help me grow as a writer. Also, be sure to check out its Goodreads page, and feel free to leave any questions you have about the book.

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