It’s been another busy week, but a fulfilling one. Work continues apace on my new work-in-progress, Dawn of the Pioneers, while Pitch Wars draws ever closer. Next week marks the final week of August. We’re in the endgame now.
That said, here’s what I accomplished this week.
Dawn of the Pioneers
As of tonight, Dawn of the Pioneers is past the 20,000 word mark. The story is coming together, and while I still have a few questions about my direction going forward, things are getting clearer by the day.
The most recent chapters have marked the longest stretch of action I’ve ever written. Minimal exposition, heavy action. I think perhaps this happened because, working with characters established in the previous novel, I’ve had less to do regarding background. Either way, it’s been a while since I’ve had this much fun writing.
The next chapter is a big one: a new character, a major twist, and the thrilling climax of Phase 1 of the novel. I can’t wait.
It took some time, but I’ve finally begun working on a synopsis. It’s not long enough right now, not by a long shot. But it exists, and that’s a start. I’ve been leaning heavily on a recent article from Writer’s Digest, which suggested starting with a one-sentence pitch, then slowly expanding it. This will take some time, but I believe it will be worth it.
Of course, time is running short. My goal is to have both my query letter and my synopsis ready to go by next Saturday.
Much has been done, but much remains. I continue to press onward, so keep reading, and dare to dream. – MK