I realized this week that I need to find a better way to motivate myself to keep writing.
I have a bad tendency to let my novel (working title The Curse
) stew for long periods of time, so while the story (beginning to end and mostly everything in between) is in my head, it never makes it into my master Word document . And what motivates me best is other people.
A select few have read large passages of my novel (including Cristina
, who has given me a marvelous amount of feedback, much of it as yet unincorporated), and while I want more feedback, what I really want is someone to give me a good kick in the pants every now and then.So here's what I'm going to do.
I'm going to create a private blog here on Quora and give reading access to a select few people. On that blog, I will (attempt to) regularly post full chapters of my novel as I redraft. I'm keeping the draft on lockdown because I don't want to self-publish and I want to keep the full draft out of the limelight until it's ready.I am looking for no more than 20 people to help me out in this endeavor.
You would have two duties. I will call them Important and More Important.Important:
Give me feedback. Tell me what you like, what you don't like, what you want to know more about and what you could do with less of. I've gotten the opinions of maybe four people on this book so far, which tells me more about individual taste than the crowd - and ultimately, I am writing for all of you, dear readers. Once I've finished this redraft, I'll go back through for what I hope will be the final time and incorporate your comments.More Important:
YELL AT ME WHEN I DON'T WRITE. I'm serious about this. Ask me when the next chapter will be posted. If I don't deliver, send me 20 Inbox messages asking me why. Don't accept my bullshit excuses. Demand to read more. Pester me into oblivion without fear of reprisal (because I'll thank you later). Force me to keep writing what's in my head because dammit, you are reading this story. What do you get out of it?
Well, up front you get to read a great story (or at least, I think it's great, but I'm biased), and you get to read it before anybody else does. If/when I get this book published (and I am determined to do so):
- You will receive a copy of the novel from the first printing as a thank you.
- Your name will be on my thanks page, along with a heartfelt note expressing my eternal gratitude.
If you know you're interested, please leave me a comment here. I won't say it's first come, first serve, but I want to set this up as soon as possible.
For help in deciding if you're interested, you can check out the prologue to the book
or learn more about the world in my answer about world building.
The novel is the first of three books in the Immortimë trilogy. Here's my description from NaNoWriMo:
In a world called Avyrdendi, a mysterious mage arrives in Tyrlana with a prophecy in hand that speaks of the Immortimë, a jewel that grants its bearer the gift of immortality. Soon he has convinced a lord's son and a healer from the north, both bearing the same Mark as he does, to join him in his quest to create the gem. But a patrol of dragonriders is following the mage, intent on arresting him for murder - and the mage might not be telling the whole truth about what the prophecy entails...
Cristina (who has read seven chapters' worth of material) wrote below: "if you like magic, fantasy and epic tales, this is a great choice with a lot of really interesting undertones."
If you like what you hear, awesome - leave me a comment.
And if you know of someone who would be interested, share this post with them.
I'm excited, guys. I wrote 1,000 words in half an hour last night after coming up with this idea. Let's do this.
 90% of the story has been drafted at least once, but I'm mid-redraft, going back to add flesh to the bones of the tale.