Over Christmas, I read Stephen King’s book “On Writing”. I haven’t actually read any of his other books, not being a fan of that particular genre of fiction, but I did enjoy this book immensely! He gives an overview of his journey as a writer alongside sharing invaluable tips and tricks for the aspiring author like me. It was fascinating!
King talks about writing the first draft with the door shut, just for you, but then writing the second draft with the door open, looking at it through the eyes of the reader.
That’s the stage I’ve reached now. So far I’ve printed out the whole first draft, read it through quickly to see how the overall story arc works, and I’ve also run the whole thing through a spelling/grammar check.
Now I’m making my way slowly through each chapter, scene by scene, tweaking it, perfecting it, looking for ways to make it more understandable and more enjoyable for the reader.
It’s a long process, this book-writing endeavour!
I tend to oscillate between feeling quite proud of what I’ve produced and wondering if people are going to think that it’s really awful. I think that’s normal.
The next important step is for my husband to read through the revised draft and give a thumbs up or thumbs down. In order to prepare him for this, I’ve given him a Karen Kingsbury book to read so that he can understand a little of the genre I’m trying to write in. It’s not his usual choice of book, but he actually seems to be enjoying it.
I also have a book cover designer ready, and we’ll start discussing designs soon. I have an editor in mind I’d like to approach, but I think I’ll only be able to afford one edit this time round. It’s hard starting off as an indie author when you want to do things properly and produce a high-quality product but you don’t have a lot of spare cash in the bank to play around with!
Anyway, it’s all terribly exciting, and I can now reveal the title:
Lift Your Eyes to the Mountains
I hope to put up a sample chapter for my readers list subscribers soon.