Here’s an update for any of you wanting to know where my projects stand at present:
For me, writing a novel is like building a house. The first draft is the blueprint stage. The second draft is where I pour the foundation, and frame out floors and walls. In the third draft I add electrical and plumbing. Fourth draft adds any color I might have missed in the third draft, and really tightens things up. The fifth draft (if needed) is like the final home inspection, making sure I haven’t missed anything, correcting any last minute discovered errors.
I know a number of you are anxiously awaiting the third installment of the Macready’s Bridge chronicles. I have not abandoned my Irish boys!
At the beginning of this year, a story was laid on my heart. It’s about a completely different group of musicians. It is primarily a story about the brotherhood that exists among musicians, and the power of music, and how both help in overcoming a crisis. While completely fictional, it is inspired by a true life story. This story has an added bonus, in that the finished novel will also, at the end of the book, include poems inspired by the same group of characters.
I had thought I would work on this book for the first couple of months of the year, then set it aside and work on the Irish boys. However, my heart and the muse that is driving the current book would not let me set it aside. I am, therefore, plugging away with this project, and have finished a 12 chapter second draft. I have also written 40 poems on this, although a few of them may not make the final cut. Between the poems and the two initial drafts of the novel, I have written 290 pages since the end of December 2017. That’s a crazy pace even for me! The muse that drives this book has me hooked.
My intention is, once this book is finished, to get back to Macready’s Bridge and finish out their story.
It always amazes me to see how my fictional characters take on lives of their own and drive the story where I hadn’t thought of taking it. Writing is a grand adventure!
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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.