Writing a Novel: A Retrospective

This Broken Earth  is finished, as far as the series versions.  I will go back these next few weeks to fine tune and tweak the entire thing so that I might produce them as one volume.  These will include a print edition through CreateSpace, and a Kindle, Nook and iTunes version as well.  After spending 18 months of my life on this novel, I have made a few observations.

I worked every day on the novel, writing a minimum of 1000 words per day, and sometimes those 1000 words were re-writes of certain chapters as the novel took shape.  Now that I’m not writing every day (I’m taking a much needed rest) I’m experiencing something that can only be described as withdrawal.  For three days after I finished, I kept wondering if there was something I needed to do, or that I was missing something but couldn’t remember what it was.

Yesterday as we were headed to church, my children asked if we were going to go see a movie or something today and I started to reply that I had to do some maintenance around the house and the children immediately responded “Oh, you’ll probably be writing, right?”  They know their Dad very well.

Once I produce the print edition and digital editions of This Broken Earth, I will schedule book signings, get a table at some conventions, start a podcast about writing and fanboy geekdom with my good friend Ryan McKinley (more to come later) and start working on the next novel.

What do I write next, you ask?  The choices are vast.  I have a historical novel planned about a Roman soldier, another science-fiction novel with the theme of not wasting one’s life, a science-fiction novel that comments on the issues faced as a parent of a special needs child, and then there is the sequel I have to write to The Transgression Box.  It will be a busy few years.

This post also marks a year of blogging on WordPress.  It’s been great, and I plan on writing even more blog posts on topics ranging from self-publishing, writing tips, teaching writing and…well…my writing process.  Thank you to all of my followers who have seen fit to read my ramblings.  Bless you all!

To those celebrating Christmas, a Merry Christmas to you!  And to you and the rest, a happy new year.  May your new year be filled with successes, may you learn from your mistakes, and may you always remember that writing is hard work.

Published by Roger Colby, Novelist, Editor

Roger Colby is a novelist and teacher who has taught English for nearly two decades. He is also an avid reader of science fiction who feels, like many other sci-fi readers, that he has read everything. He writes science fiction for the reader who is looking for the next best thing, something to excite them into reading again. This blog is his journey as a writer and his musings about writing. He also edits manuscripts for a fee and is an expert at helping you reach your full potential as a writer.

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