Rifts -- the novel
I would love to wake up each morning knowing that I will have the free time to write. But a full time job as well as other responsibilities just doesn’t allow that. Unfortunately, the money necessary to quit my job eludes me. I would go on and on about this, but I suspect that there are many more indie writers out there in the same boat as myself.
Having started this blog in such a negative tone I have to admit that all is not lost. This weekend I hope to go over 90,000 words on my latest novel. I’m getting closer to finishing it though I suspect that I have another 20,000 words or more till it is complete. As far as the story goes I think it will far exceed my previous works. Others, however, may think it is more suited for the dollar store.
The story is a mixture of genres’. The strongest is probably science fiction, and horror. There is a big piece of spirituality in it as well. The elements are not easily woven into the story, thus the reason for my ambiguous feelings toward the success of my manuscript.
Besides the storyline I am putting a lot of effort into the creation of my characters. I want people to feel as if they know these people. I don’t want readers to see cardboard cutouts in their minds’ eye. I want them to see 3D pictures as if they were standing in front of them. I do hope to find a good balance in the action and the depth I put into the characters. I don’t want to go to the point of boring people.
The tentative title of the novel is “Rifts”. I have a first draft written, but I’m continually adding to it as I write this current copy. If the manuscript should grow much more than 100,000 words I may even have to turn it into two novels. In that event “Rifts” might be only one part of the title.
I can’t say when this will be published. There are too many variables. I will be looking at traditional publishers. If I get any takers that might change everything. Either way I hope to release a publication date when I know.
I am considering adding a couple of chapters each week to my blog page to see what people think of the story. I just have to remind people that this is not a finished product. And since the novel is not completed I can’t guarantee that I won’t have to backtrack to make changes. Hopefully, the changes, if any, will be minor.
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