Could it be? Have I finally thought of a new book idea? Yes.
A little back story here. I self-published my book more than three years ago. I didn’t come out of college with the goal of securing a good job or traveling the world, I came out with the single goal of writing a book. Some of you will recall the original name of this blog as Write me a Book, John!.
After I published my book I immediately began work on book 2. Cause I’m obviously a prolific author. I soon realized the second time around was different. The drive simply wasn’t there and the story itself wasn’t clicking. I made it about 30,000 words into that first draft of my second book when I abandoned it. My memory tells me I wrote myself into a corner I couldn’t get out of.
Early yesterday morning I came up with a new idea. And who knows, maybe I’ll get started on it sometime soon.
There are plenty of writers out there better than me. Better stories. Better ideas. Better writing backgrounds. Which means I have plenty of room for improvement. Leggo.
What do you do when you’re discouraged with your writing? I did nothing and it’s cost me nearly four years.
You read that right. I’m not sure what I would do with nearly $200 million if I had it, but I definitely wouldn’t spend it on a single painting. But that’s just me. I kind of wish I had to face that dilemma. What to do with all that money. Eh. Anyway, this isn’t about the painting.
I’m not all that familiar famous authors, poets, or major literary works I haven’t studied in school, which is why I’m writing this. I’m wondering if any of you are aware of books or manuscripts or something similar that’s been sold at auction for a ridiculous amount of money. I’m not. I don’t even know if those kinds of things are sold at auction. But I’m pretty sure there’s a market for just about everything. How much would I pay for a first draft of a story that has been read by millions of people all over the world over the course of centuries? I wouldn’t pay anything because I wouldn’t be interested in that kind of thing. Or the letters written from an author to his partner in another country. Or the outline of a story. I still wouldn’t be interested. I might like to see them in a museum or something.
So, have you ever heard of a book or manuscript or anything from an author’s estate selling for this kind of money?
On this day in 2014 I published Writing Dialogue = Death.
I’ve finished the first draft of my book!
I wrote seven chapters in the last 11 days to finish!
The final two chapters were a whole lot of fun to write. I graduated from college in three years, but I can honestly say that I’ve never been more proud of anything that I’ve done. This is just so….amazing.
I know some of you are probably asking yourself, “What if it’s bad?” And that is a valid question that I’ll be asking myself until I start reading it, but it doesn’t matter! I have met all of three individuals who have written a book, three! So my book may be the worst work of prose to ever be called a book, but it will always be my book.
I would like to reveal a few stats about the entire book now that it is finished. I am 100% positive that these numbers will not be accurate once I start the rewrite process, but they’re good for reference purposes. Here they are.
Total Word Count – 53,743
Total Chapters – 21
Total Page Count (in Word) – 168
Average Chapter Length – 2559 words
Total Editing Time – 62 hours 32 minutes
Average Editing Time for Each Chapter – 2 hours 56 minutes
Longest Chapter – chapter 18 – 3676 words
Shortest Chapter – chapter 2 – 993 words
Take a look at my Kickstarter project page here to help me publish this book!