Yves Brown McClain: Literary Fierceness

So, how’s your book coming?

Posted by Dahlia on June 9, 2011

I think I’ve been asked at least a dozen times in the past few weeks how the book is going. My response is that “it’s going.” I figured I’d better take a few moments and explain my delay.

Overall, I had to make some significant changes in order to make it the best possible story. Some of my changes have been documented here, such as scrapping my prologue and changing my main character’s name. Both decisions were made for the good of the story. Getting rid of the prologue and writing a completely new first chapter changed the overall direction. Because of this, the remaining chapters needed to be retooled. I also decided to add a few more because I felt parts of the story were too rushed. I’ve also documented a few times about rushing and getting complacent (read: lazy). I feel I didn’t let parts of the story naturally develop through plot and dialogue and instead chose the quick way out by explaining it away in a paragraph or two. It’s a disservice to the potential
reader and as much as I would love to be done with it, I’d much rather keep you
all waiting in anticipation 🙂 than put out a piece of work that was not my
absolute best effort.

I’m currently on summer break from school and it is my hope and prayer that I finish before the beginning of the semester in late August. It is also my hope and prayer that it will be the last time I announce this book is finished. Thanks so much for your encouragement and kind words as I go through this process. I promise there will be a finished product soon.

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10 Responses to “So, how’s your book coming?”

  1. Yolanda said

    I’m proud of you for putting excellence ahead of “geterdone”. I know it’s been a long time coming, but the extra time and effort will be worth it.

  2. Here’s hoping your summer is distraction free!

  3. Mike said

    Best of luck to you on your work in progress. In my own life, I have a love/hate relationship with the prologue. Somedays I feel like including it, and other days I don’t.

    • Thank you…for me, getting rid of the prologue was easy because I wrote it for the wrong reasons – it was basically an info dump/backstory and it was better to just weave it into the actual story. But I understand the dilemma

  4. It speaks volumes that you’re more concerned with quality than just a finished work. Good luck finishing before the fall. If there’s anything we can help you with, just post!

  5. Lisa Nowak said

    I’m glad to hear you’re stepping up and doing the hard work. 🙂 It’s tough to take on major edits, but it’s so worth it in the end.

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