I Was A Middle Aged Writer

October 21, 2009

Update, But Not

Filed under: writing — danielrdavis @ 3:24 pm
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Insomuch as I don’t have much information to update with. The novel is still in the first draft. I haven’t received any feedback from my proofers yet, which is sad, but understandable. People have lives. I’m just getting antsy. I wanted to have this done and at least looking for an agent or publishing company to send it to by the end of the year. At this point it’s still possible, but I’d have to get feedback soon. I can’t wait to get this finished and ready!

In the meantime I’m trying to get myself reacquainted with an old novel I was working on so I can finish the first draft on it as well. It’s a dark urban fantasy and if it’s a hit it could become a serial. At least, that’s my hope. My wife wants to see this one done next so that’s what I’m going to do.

The script I was revising is polished, finished and finalized and they’re trying to get it picked up by a major motion picture company. Our collective fingers are firmly crossed. The script is sweet now. It feels like a quality piece. HBO Films has offered to pick up distribution if the film gets made, which is a major plus in my book. It means it at least garnered enough positive attention to warrant an offer. I would love to see it funded by a major studio! Not only would it give me and my writing some exposure, but would give Blood and Guts Production and Shane Michaels some exposure as well, not to mention exposure for the Ohio indie film industry. We’ll see how it goes.

And really, that’s about it on the writing front. Stay tuned….



September 10, 2009

And Just Like That…

Filed under: writing — danielrdavis @ 1:54 pm
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The first draft is complete! I finished the first draft of my novel yesterday. 87,429 words, 211 pages, Courier 12 point. It’s done! Now the “fun” begins. I get to go back through and find all the things that make me, and other readers, cringe. I get to send it to proofers and have them tear it apart and send me all their opinions. Then, I get to start rewriting the whole thing. But, it’ll be much better because of it. There’s not a soul in the writing world who is so amazing that they don’t need editing. If they think that, then they especially likely need editing. Me, I know I’m a good writer. However, I’m not pretentious enough to even presume that everything I put on paper is the purest gold. Everyone needs quality editing.

I both dread and can’t wait for revision suggestions and opinions. I want this thing to be the best I can get it. Rewrites are needed. I can see stuff now that needs fixed as I’m rereading the thing. The story’s great. Now the tightening begins. With diligence I’ll see this thing tight and finished before November. With luck I can find a place for it before it gets too cold, and perhaps someone willing to give me an advance so I can buy some heat this winter. We have fuel oil…it’s expensive…space heaters only do so much…I’m tired of freezing in the winter. Seriously.

To those who expressed an interest in proofing for me, the beast will hit your inbox shortly.

I’m one step closer to my first finished manuscript. Stay tuned.


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