The Wizard Within: Part 1

I did it. Sort of. I finished Part I of my new book, The Wizard Within. I shouldn’t celebrate yet, I suppose, because it’s usually halfway through or thereabouts that gets tough when I’m writing. And since I plan this book to have three parts, I’m really only 1/3 through it.

Still, though, 40,000 words would have been considered almost halfway through most of my other manuscripts which average 80,000 words or less. And not only do I still feel confident that the writing is going well, but I am actually still enjoying doing it.

Of course, that doesn’t mean it isn’t taking forever. Life does still get in the way and when I do sit down in front of the laptop I might only get a thousand words or so down. The point is, though, that the words are actually “working.” I mean, there have been times with past projects when I forced myself to write so many words before giving up for the day, but I was pulling teeth to do so, and not always satisfied with the final.product.

But Wizard is not only going well, but it is still fun! Seriously fun like it used to be when I had no idea what I was doing, and didn’t care if what I was writing was stuff others would enjoy reading.

This book, though, this one I feel confident people WILL enjoy reading. I can’t wait to finish, share it with the world, and see if I’m right about that.

A shadow crowded his vision, moved in as he lost focus. “I don’t know,” he said. Then darkness flooded him like black ink spilled in bloody water.

Chapter 3: Supergirl, an excerpt

The More Things Change

If you are a writer, you know that sometimes the original concept of a story–the original draft even–may often vary considerably from the final product. We may have to leave behind words we spent hours crafting, or ideas that we loved that no longer fit the plot of the story.

It’s hard to let go of some of those gems, which is why I posted a scene from The Wizard Within that will never appear in the final book, and, in fact, has information in it that is no longer applicable to the story.

I still hope it’s as fun to read as it was to write. Click through to read the rest.

The sight of his father waiting in the hallway stopped Eric like one of Thorne’s invisible barriers. Except this roadblock he didn’t want to penetrate, to step through.

Spoilers. Not Spoilers