It has been a while since I have given a report on my writing progress. I have not given up on writing my longest book yet, and the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated. Yes, I have had some set-backs, but I am still working through the revisions of my next book. It will be the second book in the series that began with The Last Place to Stand.
In truth, I just finished version 4.0 and will shortly begin another revision. This last revision was the hardest as there is usually one revision in every book that requires me to make the most sweeping changes, the most painful alterations. This was that revision, and while it was painful at times, the book is shaping up nicely for it. The many refinements to come can only improve your overall reading experience.
Now let’s talk about length. The Last Place to Stand was 244 pages long at just over 50,000 words. Yet this one has almost hit 75,000 words, equaling about 350 pages. For some novelists this is just a starting point, but for me it is a record. Move over Brandon Sanderson, here I come!
I have said I planned to have this book out this Spring and that still remains my hope. Before the end of my school year (that’s right, I’m a high school English teacher), I hope to have it published.