Friday, September 28, 2012

A Writer's Week #38: 50k and Still Writing

Writing a book is a journey. Sometimes it's long, sometimes not so long. When I wrote The Deliverers: Sharky and the Jewel, it took a long time--over five years. The book I'm currently writing, The Deliverers 2: Order of the Crystal Lion, has taken less time--ten months so far.

I've documented most of the writing process for The Deliverers 2 in these A Writer's Week posts. It's been fun to bring you through the process, and I'm looking forward to one day going back to read them all and relive the journey. I hit a milestone in my writing this week. I've finally reached 50,000 words--50,300 to be exact.

The original Deliverers is about 53,000 words, and I think The Deliverers 2 will wind up being longer than that. Last week, I'd hoped that I would be able to finish the first draft this week, but I stumbled upon an interesting scene that gives Stig a chance to be a little vulnerable, which is something different for him. So, I'm a little behind where I thought I'd be right now.

Still, it's coming along, and I hope that in a couple of weeks the first draft will be done, and editing can begin. I still have not read the whole book all the way through yet. I know there are some continuity issues that will have to be fixed, as I changed some things in the middle, and haven't gone back to change the beginning yet. I'm looking forward to revisiting the beginning of the book now that I know this new world a little better.

Things are also progressing on the production of the audio book version of The Deliverers: Sharky and the Jewel. Narrator Jimm Singer and I have been communicating back and forth. I've sent him background material on most of the characters, and he's sent the first 22 pages to me to listen to and review. It's sounding really good. I can't wait for you to hear it.

For the last couple of days, the Kindle version of The Deliverers was free. I gave away a decent number of copies. Thanks to all who downloaded a copy! Please let me know what you thought of it after you read it. If you think of it, please write a review on Amazon. The more reviews, the better.

Next week looks to be another exciting week. I'll be sure to tell you all about it next Friday.


  1. Congrats on hitting the 50,000+ mark on book 2! That is so exciting and quite an accomplishment. I know you hoped to type more- but I love that you were working on scene where Stig gets to be vulnerable. Cool! Happy writing!

    1. Thanks. The scene just happened, and I thought it was the perfect opportunity. I just hope I pulled if off okay--it's really something different for Stig.