Making the Turn

The last time I had something for you guys was some time ago and I must apologize for that. The story that I’m working on is taking a bit longer for me to develop. Remember my first book, whether you’ve read it or not, literally had a more than a year of thinking and preparation. This one obviously doesn’t. But I definitely feel that with my most recent chapter that I’ve turned a corner with the story and the next few chapters should come right along. Hopefully.

So let’s discuss chapter five a little. Recall that Andrew’s client is a prominent activist. In this chapter Andrew attends a major event hosted by his client’s organization. But he learns some scary details once the event has already begun. Suffice it to say that the event does not go as planned, but that’s all you get from me!

The chapter ends with a cliffhanger. You know as the reader that some serious s**t is about to go down, just not what. And a new character is introduced. She’s the personal lawyer of Andrew’s client and also represents the organization in all legal matters. Her name is Stephany. Yes, spelled that way. It’s unique!

I am fast at work on the next chapter so I won’t make you guys wait a year and half for something new. Until next time!

PS: Andrew’s birthday is coming up! I’ll reveal the date a little later.

Alas, A New Chapter

I must first apologize to you guys. I just checked and realized that I hadn’t told you all about a new chapter since October 26. I’m sorry for that. Unfortunately I’ve been doing everything possible to get the word out about my first book, Divided Within, and I’ve fallen a bit behind schedule writing my second. That’s okay. The book will be written and you’ll soon be reading about Andrew and Sydney once again.

I don’t have anything new to tell regarding my first book, so I’ll just go ahead and dive into the new chapter I’ve finally completed.

As you probably don’t recall due to my lack of posting, Andrew Banks’ new client is a prominent activist. That’s what we learn in the opening chapter. The second gives him a chance to discuss the new client with Sydney. And now in the third he does more bouncing ideas off Sydney, but there is one interesting aspect of the chapter that I kinda sorta want to share with you guys. As you may or may not know from my posts or if you’ve gotten your hands on the book, Andrew and Sydney are approaching four years together. They’re both done with school and financially stable. So guess what they’re going to do?! Add to their small family! That’s all I’m saying for now!

Also, for those of you who have gotten the book I’ll be posting a picture from Andrew’s office soon. So be on the lookout!

AND the Kindle version of my book is permanently $0.99, so that’s reason enough to take a look at it if you haven’t already!

AND you can get 30% off the price of my book on Amazon from now until Sunday by using promo code BOOKDEAL. What are you waiting for?!

Most Exciting News Yet!

Divided Within (Andrew Banks #1)

I received an email yesterday telling me that my physical proof has officially been ordered and has shipped! The great thing that I’ve seen happening around me is that a lot more of my personal friends have been keeping up with my blog than I’d previously thought. I know of several people who read every post and are genuinely excited for the book’s release, but lately people who I didn’t even know read my blog at all have been asking about its imminent release and the price and where they’ll be able to buy it and all that fun stuff. Isn’t that exciting?! People want to read MY book!

I’m always quick to tell them that we are now just days away rather than months or weeks. The best part of being asked about my forthcoming book is that I’ve been receiving a lot of congratulations for my accomplishment. It’s not necessarily that they know how difficult a task it was for me, but I think it’s more to do with the fact that most people don’t personally know someone who has written a book, especially not someone their age and who they’ve known for years. I don’t need any special attention for what I’ve done, but it’s nice to see the people around me appreciate what I’ve done even before getting their hands on the actual book. Now I just have to bribe them into giving me nice reviews on Amazon! Only kidding. A little. Ha.

Andrew Banks Book Two

You’ll recall that I finally got around to writing the first chapter of my second book last Friday. Well, unfortunately it took me an entire week to get up the courage to start the second chapter. I always said that the first five or so chapters of a new book are the most difficult because the story isn’t developed enough to dictate what’s written next. This chapter was slightly more difficult to write than the first one, but I didn’t spend hours upon hours banging my head against my desk wondering how come the words I wanted to write weren’t coming to me. I did, however, have a few periods while writing in which I stared intently at the computer screen hoping for the next sentence or paragraph to suddenly appear. It never did.

I actually wrote this chapter in one sitting, which I hadn’t done in some time. Maybe it wasn’t as difficult as I thought. Anyway, a little about the chapter. I told you in my post last week that Andrew is hired by a prominent activist and that it is a topic that is current.

In chapter two Andrew gets to sit down with Sydney for the first time and discuss the new client and what it might mean. He realizes that Sydney knows a lot more about his client than he does and she’s able to give him some perspective. Andrew’s got a lot of work ahead of him if he’s to satisfy the needs of his new client.

Aren’t you all happy to finally hear about Andrew and Sydney again?! I know I’m happy to be writing their perfect relationship again.

I’ll be sure to let you all know as soon as I have my proof in my hands and when a new chapter finds its way onto Word!

Major Writing Process Change

Divided Within (Andrew Banks #1)

I had hoped to receive my final proof today, but unfortunately it didn’t happen. So I’m convinced that I’ll have it for my viewing sometime tomorrow. Hopefully.

Andrew Banks Book Two

A million posts ago I may or may not have mentioned that I don’t believe in the so-called “edit while you go” philosophy. I don’t know if this is even a term that people use, but I’m talking about editing my writing as I write it. For example, writing an entire chapter and then immediately editing it afterward. My reasoning for being against this practice was that I thought it would force me to stay focused on only a small portion of the entire work rather than continuing to move forward. I was wrong.

When I had to go through and edit my first book I realized that rather than spending a short amount of time editing after each chapter that I had forced myself to spend hours editing the whole book. And my book is fairly short. I ended up spending a lot more time editing the final product because I failed to do any during the actual writing.

What’s my take from this? Well…this whole writing thing is not an exact science. I figured that I’d have to do a little trial and error before I really got into my own little groove. I mean, there are still many practices that I know many other authors adopt that I haven’t found the need to. Like writing every single day no matter what. I don’t believe in this because I very much disagree that bad writing is better than no writing. Bad writing is bad writing. Period. So, I wrote my entire first book without ever having the need to write every single day.

No new chapter to discuss yet, but you all will know when there is!

Done! Acabado! Fertig!


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 pageĀ here to help me publish this book!

The End is Near

My Kickstarter project is in full swing! Access it here.

When I first started writing my book back on May 31 I had a number in mind as far as the word count is concerned. Well I’ve come to the conclusion that it is unnecessary for me to hold myself to that particular number. My story is my story, and it’ll end when it needs to.

Now, on to chapter 20! I got a little emotional while writing this chapter. Why, you ask? The remaining two chapters – that’s right, I only have two left – will tie up a couple loose ends that remain. The story is all but finished! Isn’t that just grand?!

That makes five chapters in the last ten days!

Any person who calls him or herself an avid reader has read several books that bring tears to their eyes. I know I’ve read plenty. I was fortunate enough to be on the other side of that equation with this book. I’m not the reader, I’m the writer! It truly is extraordinary.

I’m not going to reveal anything that happens in the chapter because it’s much too late in the story to give any detail away.

Also, you may recall that I posted stats related to my work once I reached chapter ten. I had planned to do the same at chapter 20, but I’m going to hold off on that because it is so close to the end of the book.

If you’ve read this far you HAVE to stay with me! We’re almost there!

And Then There was One

First off, I would like nothing more than to see the name of one or more of my followers in my backer report of my Kickstarter page. It can be accessed here.

The title of this post is slightly misleading. It leads you to believe that some major event has happened in the book and left one man standing, or that I’ve reached the final chapter of my work. Neither of which is completely true. I just like the catchy-ness of it.

Chapter 19 is the start of the roller coaster ride that is about to take place in the story. That’s about all you’ll get from me about this chapter!

I would, however, like to inform all of you that I am nearing the very end of the book. It’s difficult to say exactly how many chapters I have remaining, but what the heck, I’m thinking three or four will be sufficient to finish the story. I think.

Before bed last night, this is around four in the morning, all of chapter 20 played out in my head. All of it. I went through multiple scenarios and sequences of events and almost got out of bed to just start writing it. I don’t need sleep, I told myself, I need to write this chapter! I fell asleep a little before five.

I hope to complete chapter 20 by the end of the day today, wish me luck!