Sooooooooooo. It’s been a while since I’ve updated ya’ll on the novel. I just finished Ch. 8 and I’m moving on to Ch. 9. As you can see if you check my “Ollin’s Progress” page, once I’m done with Ch. 9 that means I will be halfway done with my novel [UPDATE: You can check my progress on my About page now.] I know what you’re gonna yell after you give me the appropriate terrorist fist bump:
“Woohooo! Wohooooo! WOOOOOOHOOOOO!”
(Okay not too many wohoo’s party people, it’s only the first draft.)
But yes, I am still excited. It’s funny that I’m at this point and people are already asking me about whether its going to be a movie, or how I should have someone make it into a movie. Dude, you kidding me? You realize how long this ish is gonna take me to finish!? To get an idea of how long, let’s backtrack a bit here:
I started this blog back at the end February. I started the first draft of my novel at the same time. This means it took me (hold on, counting the months on my fingers here–sorry, I didn’t major in math folks… 4, 5, 6–6!) 6 months to get ALMOST half-way through a FIRST DRAFT of a 300 or so page novel. That means it will take another six months to finish this FIRST draft, and another year to finish a complete second draft, and on and on. (Maybe, unless I win the lotto and won’t have to work, in which case I might actually give up my writing career completely and spend my life on a yacht drinking wine with P-Diddy, or Diddy, or Did, or D or whatever they call him these days.) Not to mention that after I get a FINAL draft out there’s still the little issue of getting an agent to represent me and a publisher to publish my work. Which, I hear, takes like a MILLENNIUM to accomplish.
My point is this: They will have already started to systematically clone people way before my book becomes a movie.
I’m not being negative (I’m being sarcastic.) I’m being realistic. Novels take TIME. They also take your patience, so thank you for being patient. Thank you for being understanding. Thank you for being supportive. Thank you for choosing C2C for your writer rant/waxing philosophical needs. You may take the travel guide with you when you leave. It is complimentary.
(I am sooo random today. You love it.)
Now I know I made you all bummed out that my book is not going to go straight to Hollywood and feature Julia Robert’s as the bubbly lead character (by the way, here’s my movie review: Eat, Pray, Suck!), but don’t worry! The good news is that you will have the pleasure of following my writing journey on this blog for years to go come! (Years! Dear Lord! Why the hell am I doing this again?)
Plus. Dude, you’re putting way too much pressure on me. Let me just be happy that I got past Ch. 8 today. It’s a huge accomplishment, trust me. If you have been following this blog you know.
It ain’t easy to move through a novel, but right now, what do you know? Things are going smoothly. (Wait… Did I just jinx it by telling you? DOH!) But hey, there are times when writing is super great and fantastic. There’s nothing wrong with that. I am a productive writer. I’m an artist whose actually making something, not saying he’s making something and then procrastinating, rolling himself up into a ball, hiding in the corner, and wallowing in my own self-loathing. (July seems so far away now. Good times, good times.)
So yeah, there are times when things can run smoothly. You move forward very easily through the writing process and work is so much FUN! You think:
“Man I am sooo lucky! What better way to live my life than writing a good novel for people to one day enjoy… as a movie starring Julia Roberts.”
much eat, pray, love,
(P.S. The book was way better.)
>>> Novel Update: On Ch. 9
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