Drew’s State of Writing – October 2014

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It’s been nine months since my last State of Writing update. Back in January, I talked about a lot of the future projects I have planned, and about how I was getting pretty close to finishing All Flames Cast. That…ended up being very wrong. That, among other developments, has me where I am now.

First, All Flames Cast. If you’ve been keeping up with things around here lately, you know that several more chapters have popped up. I’ve been leaking out some Harael chapters, but that’s probably going to stop, soon. I don’t want to put out chapters that start giving away things from the other characters’ plot lines—or getting into the really juicy stuff in the later stages of the book. Expect maybe one or two more chapters at the most. I might do something similar with Tymun’s chapters, in a month or two, but I’m not certain yet.

The reason for this ties back to my previous State of Writing. As the book was, I was about three-quarters finished with the first draft. Soon after, though, I realized that I had a major plot problem, centered in Tymun’s chapters. It affected a large chunk of my plan for Eritan’s story arc and parts of Harael’s. A lot of the book had to be tossed out, and much of what wasn’t required rewriting. So now, plot issues resolved, All Flames Cast moves on. My original goal, when I started work on it again, was to finish the first draft by the end of this year; with luck and a mini NaNoWriMo of my own, I might be able to finish by the end of November. Things have been going swimmingly, recently, and I hope that continues.

The other big news from the past few months was the beginning of Dcaf Copy. I started my own business, doing freelance copywriting, web content management, and editing. It’s been a lot of work, getting all the groundwork done and getting up to steam. I’ve never been great with consistent blogging on my own (I’ve only ever done it for clients, before), but I’m pushing myself to get on more of a regular schedule with that. Starting this month, I hope to have new, weekly blog posts about copy, web marketing, and writing in general. So, keep an eye out for that!

As always, it makes me so very happy to know that I have actual readers out there, hopefully enjoying the fiction and other writing that I do. This is why I’m a writer. I realized over a decade ago that I had crazy ideas in my head, and I wanted to get them down on the page for people to experience with me. It’s why I love this. Thanks for reading!

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