Hey there everyone. I hope you all had a good week. I know a lot of you are excited about the new Avengers Endgame movie and so am I. But unfortunately, I am too busy to go see it right now. So, I am trying to avoid all of the spoilers. This week I made some major cuts to my current work in progress The Broken Halo Series. Book 1 The Awakening. Making these changes really set me back, but I felt it was necessary. I am under a lot of pressure to make this series good.
I first decided to change the point of view of the story. I know that I could’ve done that when I start the second draft, but I have a terrible need to make major corrections while I’m writing. I’ve been doing that for years and I just can’t stop. I guess it’s the Editor in me trying to break out. Oh, and by the way, my Editing class is going very well. I’m so happy that I decided to do it. Anyway, I just couldn’t bring myself to continue writing this novel in the wrong point of view. It was originally written in the first person and believe me, it sounded great that way. But I found out that most people prefer their books to be written in the third person. And seeing as how I love giving the public what they want, I took extra time and changed everything that I had already written and put it in the third person, and it sounds just as good.
Another reason that I made this change is that I found out that writing a novel in the first person is viewed as amateurish and I don’t consider myself an amateur anymore. This will be my fourth published novel and I want my growth as a writer to be reflected in this project. This is my first book series and I want to make it good, so I admit that I have been putting a lot of pressure on myself to make this my best work. I honestly don’t think one can half-ass a book series. If I did that, I would be miserable because I get bored very quickly when I write a novel. Sometimes I can’t wait to finish it if it seems like it’s dragging on too long. I start thinking of other new and exciting plots for new stories that I want to start on, but I can’t write two books at once and completely devote myself to it. That would be too much for me to deal with. If I do a poor job on a series, I would be stuck writing a three-novel series on the same plot with the same characters and it would drive me to drink. I would feel like the story will never hurry up and end. I’d rather not put myself through that kind of torture.
This novel really took a turn for the better when I decided to cut a couple of chapters. Yes, whole chapters and it hurt like hell; but I just had to do it. They just weren’t good enough. These particular chapters were for a teenage male angel name Zach. I wanted his introduction into the story to be more interesting. I also felt the need to give him two brothers and more layers to his personality. Trust me, in the end, you the readers will be glad that I did this.
This book series is very important to me because it’s something I’ve never tried before. I had no idea how to write a book series when I started, and I am learning as I go along. But I’m enjoying the journey and can’t wait to see what happens to these characters. I hope it’ll be something that my readers will enjoy most of all and I have been working diligently to make this better than anything that I have previously written. This will also be the first time that I will be trying to get traditional publishing but it’s far from ready for that. Wish me luck because I’m going to need it.
Until next time…