Novel Progress Update (July 2018)

Finishing my novel, The Silent Symphony

Dear Readers,

The past few months I have been hard at work on my novel, The Silent Symphony. I am rewriting and finalizing it chapter by chapter. This is a long and arduous process, but it will be more than worth it.

I’ve decided to include a progress bar on this site. This will not only show you have far I still have to go, but it will also add an extra layer of accountability for me.

Writing is rewriting – as they say. No first draft is ever perfect. Once you come to terms with this, you will be well on your way to producing a finishing manuscript. Just keep going!

Chapters Completed (Writing, Rewriting, Editing)

The Silent Symphony
67% Complete
22 of 33 chapters

Four Acts

My novel has four acts – or “movements” to link with the symphonic motif. Each of these movements not only advances the plot as a whole, but explores the ideology of a particular character. This means that each movement has a distinct mood or atmosphere. At least, this is what I hope comes across.

I am currently finishing up the third of these movements. Just so you know. This is where everything starts going (properly) wrong for the characters. Will they figure a way out of this impossible situation? Or are they doomed?

Yeah, I realize that none of this means anything to you, but it will…in time. When my novel is in a more complete state, I will post a preview chapter or two on this blog. Watch this space!

Learning by doing

As I go along, I become aware of some aspects of story or writing that I’ve struggled with in the past. Things like pacing, backstory, character development, metaphor, etc. I will turn these into helpful blog posts that may aid you on your own writing journey. Writers are awesome that way.

If you have advice of your own, or if you would like to request advice about anything writing related, please post a comment below.

Also, are you working on your own novel? Are you rewriting one?

Top Image: The Zaporozhye Cossacks Replying to the Sultan by Ilya Rapin, Wikimedia Commons [Public Domain]

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