M.A. Wohl

Writer on a Quest

Word count goal for the week: 47 500 words
Word count so far: 32 806 words

Revision is a bliss. For me anyway.
Even though I’m revising the rough draft, it feels so good to work on making the writing better and the characters more layered.

One of my favorite part of writing a story is making the story better. Adding more details without being info-dumpy. Trying different angles for a character’s answer to a conflict, to an unpredictable event.
Isn’t that what writing is supposed to be in the first place?
A fun way to try to make good art, a great way to contribute and help the world smile a little and wonder a lot.

I think my writing goals are slowly shifting. Of course, I will really work hard at finishing the rough first draft before December 31st, and I will keep writing this journal (seriously, one of the best writing tip I tried this year, keeping a diary of this writing project; it really motivates me to write each day, even if it’s just a little).
But.
The stress of finishing as soon as possible to send it off to the publishers « at the right time » is slowly vanishing.

A recent visit to my local indie bookstore helped a lot in that manner.

There’s nothing like my book on their shelves.
The books all look the same.
They all sound the same.

Does it mean I have a better chance? Au contraire. It means publishers can’t afford to take a risk on something that’s not « what the readers want ».

I did my research, I know I can sell this book to at least three publishers. But I think if this book is gonna make it, it’s because its gonna beat-sheet perfect, written in a unique voice, and surfing on classics tropes everybody enjoys, but with the must-have twist and « wow » factor.

In my mind, and taking a realistic look at what I have to work on, a book like that might take more than six months to complete…

Better sleep on it I guess.

Thank you so much for reading, dear writer friends, and until next time…

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