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Writing

Something a lot of people probably don’t know about me (unless you read my blog) is that I’ve been writing novels for over a decade.  I remember the exact moment that I decided I wanted to be an author: I was walking across LSU’s campus (with my long, neatly straightened hair #throwback) to Grace King Hall, and I suddenly just knew.  It’s one of those weird memories that will stick with me forever, and I can still picture the lush, green oaks, the old residence hall in view, and I believe it was even cloudy that day.

Yes, writing is a hard game to break into, and I never expect to make more out of it than a hobby, but that doesn’t mean I won’t make the attempt.  I know it takes a lot of talent – talent that it is questionable whether or not I have, but I at least have had the perseverance to try.

I started my first novel in 2006 and finished it in 2011, but don’t let that fool you – most of that period was procrastination, and was probably more like 5 or 6 actual months of time spent writing.  Also that novel was bad.

I wrote my second novel starting right at the end of 2011 (literally a day before the new year) and finished the rough draft 5-6 weeks later.  I actually self-published that one under the name K.J. Holdeman and shared it out via social media like one time.  It was the first one I published, and I was – and still am – pretty proud of it.  I’m currently re-editing it and will publish it under my real name within the coming months.

My third novel was written in 2015 (might have spilled over into 2016 a little, I can’t remember).  It ended up being a convoluted mess, despite being fun to write.  I didn’t publish it, and won’t ever.

My fourth novel is Iterate, which I’ve clearly published and am really excited about.  This one was a blast to write, and I have a sequel for it in very early planning stages, but I’ve got some other ideas I want to get to before starting that in earnest.

That might sound like the end of that story, but it’s not.  I’ve got folders on my computer and posts on my writing blog with dozens and dozens of abandoned first chapters, a handful of outlines, and hundreds of thousands of words of partially written stories that never got finished for one reason or another.  And just in case you think that’s an exaggeration…

 

 

 

 

 

 

None of those are the completed novels I didn’t publish (which together are about 110k words).  The longest one pictured above was actually a rewrite of something (not pictured) that was already around 20k words (I kept the first ~4-5k words and rewrote the rest).  I have so many stories left off around 5k words that I didn’t bother screenshotting below 7k.

My current goal is to continue improving, write more, and become better at marketing myself.  Qualified, this means:

  • Challenge myself.  I don’t like doing atmospheric writing, but maybe it’s because I’m not great at it.  I need to fix this by creating more atmospheric settings.
  • I write for about 5 hours a week when I’m working on a novel.  I know this because it’s how I spend my lunch breaks.  I should dedicate more time on the weekends.
  • I don’t know how or where to advertise my work except social media.  Being a successful self-published author requires marketing, and that means I have to figure this out.

Anyway, I guess that’s probably more than you ever wanted to know about me and my writing journey.

If you want to write your own novel, but don’t know how to start, I wrote a beginner’s guide that might interest you.

Iterate

I released my latest novel last week.  You can find it on Amazon in Kindle and paperback.

If you’d like more info, you can check out this link, or just read below.


The cover of my novel, Iterate

How many times would you have to relive the same day before your life became only about that day? How long would it take for your memories before that day to become too fuzzy to recall details? How long would it take for you to break down under the monotony of not being able to escape?

Brendon and Hayley don’t have to imagine this situation – they live it. For longer than their natural lives, they’ve been stuck in a repeat of August 28, 2018, and they have no idea how to stop it. Every morning they wake up to a reset world where no one remembers what is happening, and everything happens the exact same way.

That is, until one iteration, something changes…

Remember when I used to blog every single day?

I have been neglecting my blog for a while now (this one, at least.  My writing blog has been quite active).  Realistically, I don’t ever expect myself to be as active on this site as I used to be, thanks to Twitter, but I don’t really like seeing these huge gaps in time between posts.  I’d like to try to blog at least once a week, but I think once every couple of weeks is more realistic, especially with other projects I’ve got going on.

What projects?  Well, a while back I decided that I wanted to take writing more seriously, so besides actually writing stories, I’m working on turning philipdistefano.com into my author portal, rather than having it just redirect here.  I recently finished writing a novel (it’s a shorter one, just barely over 52,000 words pre-edit), which I’m in the process of editing, so I plan on having the site ready for whenever I get that published.  Last time I published something, I made some mistakes that are rather apparent to me now (yay hindsight), so this time, I’d like to do it correctly and see how it goes in comparison.

Since my last post here, I’ve acquired quite a few new gadgets that I’d really like to talk about.  My friends and I were doing a tech podcast, which was my outlet for that sort of thing, but that project died, so I guess it’s back to writing about it here.

Also, McElroy brothers references incoming.  That is all.