I am not a prophet.

"Here I am. Send me!"

Among other qualities I don’t have, the circumstances surrounding my writing this post prove that I am not a prophet. No big surprise there, but there was a moment while swimming last Friday that I had a Tym-like vision, when I saw the title of this week’s post being, “It is finished!” The “it” would be in reference to the second draft of my novel. I had such an awesome writing day on Friday that I was sure it would be done by now.

In my last post, I talked about how I’ve been sitting on the end of this draft with little interest because my zombie short fiction is “better” and more exciting. In an effort to not sit here and write commitments that I don’t follow through on, I made sure I worked on finishing this draft this past week. It was pretty slow going, and I had some editing projects to finish, but with those sent out to editors, I came to work on Friday with a clear slate to work on the novel.

That Friday showed me both the labor and the love involved in writing. The labor came in the form of re-reading the last few chapters and taking notes about technology used and what I want to accomplish in the ending. I wrote about 1400 words, then went swimming.

Swimming is my perfect exercise for brainstorming, because it is monotonous and I can’t listen to music, so it’s just me and my thoughts. I sometimes prepare questions to ask myself as I swim and then sit back and watch the answers unfold. An answer unfolded so clearly that day that I had a vision of the title of this post being “It is finished.” As you can tell, that isn’t the title, but I did go home and write 2k words in an hour before interviewing Rebecca P. Minor about her new book, The Windrider Saga. (I also shaved 5 minutes off my swim time, so you could tell how excited I was.)

Divine Summons is Book 1 in the Windrider Saga.

Something came up this weekend that required my attention, as well as some necessary family time. One of the positives from this break was a renewed interest in studying Greek and Hebrew. Once this novel’s draft is finished, I’m going to be including an hour or two “each” morning doing longhand translation. I went a while thinking that I got just as much from the English, then saw a difficult doctrine proved by two different Greek words (among other things). I’ve also lacked a challenge and translating makes Bible reading a challenge again.

Okay, so back to me not being a prophet. I thought I still might finish the novel today with a full day dedicated to writing on the novel, but it didn’t happen. I wrote 1k words, cut 600, but have it right now where I’m just not satisfied. I may need to back up and rework some of the last pieces. I know it doesn’t have to be perfect because it is closer to a first draft than a second draft, but having a strong ending to work with in the editing stage sounds way more important than writing the first ending that comes to mind and then going back to page one to start the edit.

Hopefully I will be able to say I am finished by next week’s post, but since I’m not a prophet, I have no idea 😉

Thanks for reading. What are you trying to finish?

About Timothy C. Ward

Timothy C. Ward is a Hugo nominated producer for Adventures in SciFi Publishing, who has been lost, broke and surfed with sharks on the other side of the world. He now dreams of greater adventures from his keyboard in Des Moines, Iowa. This summer he released two novels: his second Sand Divers book, Scavenger: A.I., where two parents use an ancient technology to fight a reproducing A.I. while trying to resurrect their deceased infant; and Godsknife: Revolt, an apocalyptic battle for godhood in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss.

9 comments on “I am not a prophet.

  1. I’m happy to report that I finished the 2nd draft of Kaimerus Deception this morning after 1400 words written and a heart poured out for my characters. I’m very excited about this novel and the ending, which put it at 73,351 words. Praise God for helping me and giving me this vision.

  2. Congratulations on finishing!! Go order a pizza or something to celebrate!

    I’m in the middle of editing a story, so finishing it isn’t in sight yet. Editing in this case means “serious rewrite”.

    • Thanks! I need to figure out something to celebrate. It seems the work never ends. I used the rest of the day to read zombie stuff, so that was fun. I know what you mean by editing meaning serious rewrite–that’s what this whole draft was. Hopefully the third draft will be more editing than rewriting. By story do you mean short story, novella, novel?

  3. Glad to hear you’ve finished!

    I’m in the middle of several projects–an urban fantasy novella, an epic fantasy novella, and an epic fantasy novel. It’s to the point that I just need to buckle down and get them down…however the holidays seem to equal a serious lack of motivation right now.

    Ah well…there’s always next year… 😉

    • Wow, those are quite the collection of projects. If you’re like me, you could use the time of rest, and use the first of the year to motivate you to unrealistically lofty goals so that the lower form is still something productive. Look forward to hearing how these projects go sometime.

  4. Like Kessie, I’m now rewriting more than writing. I had a subplot that was all bunched up at the end of the outline, and I realized I needed to go back to the beginning and spread it out through the whole book. So right now I’m focused on finishing that repair so I can pick up telling the story.

  5. Uh-oh, Rorge. Did you edit before the book was done? Just kidding. Hope that works out well for you with minimal hair pulling.

  6. Current project is a gritty modern fairytale. Third rewrite, major content changes, have all of them mapped out, just need to actually do the work.
    No real work has been accomplished in months. I blame teaching, my husband’s surgery, and some procrastination. Plus, I’m not one of those people who can rewrite a character-driven novel while watching a TV show or something. I have to be in a quiet, isolated room, with Pandora opened up to a special mix. Then I have to pray and clear my head of distractions for a few minutes. And then, after fifteen minutes, I can finally start writing—and 45 minutes later, it’s back to grading and lesson planning.

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