Category: Jaguar Updates


Jaguar 2nd Draft…

Now Gerald is out into the big wide world, it is time to look back over Jaguar and begin to tighten the story.

After my experience with writing Gerald, I have decided Jaguar should be aimed at a younger age group, and have some great ideas of how to weave the story for those readers.

The actual story itself will still follow the first draft but there will be a few additional characters and the feel of the novel itself should be lighter in tone.

I’m pretty excited about this project and can’t wait to get started. 🙂

Jaguar Progress

I had a pretty good weekend this weekend, writing wise.  I almost reached my goal of finishing the story, which I did but there is more to write to take the novel to the end without leaving unanswered questions.

I finally wrote the chapter I knew I had to write but didn’t want to.  I can’t say more than that at the moment.

This week will be a week of tying up loose ends, printing the novel out and going over a hard copy with a red pen.  Then I will be ready for my next revision.

Current Word Count:  66,394

Plans For This Weekend

I am pushing towards finishing the story of Valaria this weekend in a rough draft.  The next stage over the following few weeks will be to go through each chapter and add more details in areas where the chapters feels weak.  Hopefully this will give me my finished revision by the end of May.

After this revision is finished it will then be time to run through the comments by my critique partner to tighten the draft.   I’m aiming for an 80,000+ word draft at the end of this part of the process.

I will be letting Jaguar sit for a while after this phase while I work on my next project which is a humorous fantasy novel.

Current Word Count: 60,704

Update and Brandon Sanderson Class

This past weekend was a good one for me. I removed some chapters that I didn’t like and wrote two new ones. This dropped my word count for the novel temporarily to allow me to add new chapters which I hope will make the whole novel flow better and increase the momentum of the story.

I can credit two sources (both equally as important) for this change, and also for the new way that I am looking at writing as a whole. Hopefully this will be better for you, the readers, of Jaguar and my future novels.

The first is Brandon Sanderson and a series of videos of his 2012 creative writing class at Brigham University. These videos were taken and uploaded by Scott Ashton, a former student of Brandon’s. They are a great source of information for writers, not only on the creative writing side of the profession but also the industry itself. These videos, I would say, are a ‘must watch’ series for anyone who is serious about writing and wants to become published. To see theses videos and also sign up to take part in an online group for the 2013 lectures go to the ‘Write About Dragons’ website, here.

The second is my critique partner Christine Berman, who I mentioned in an earlier post. Her critique has made a large impression on how now I see Jaguar and her comments have opened my eyes and also instilled new and exciting ideas. Not only am I looking at writing in a new way but critiquing her novel ‘Inundation’ has allowed me to look at books in general as an editor not just a writer and this is allowing me to analyze my novel differently. I am new to viewing my manuscript as an editor but hopefully I am obtaining the tools to be able to improve Jaguar with each revision that I do.  Hopefully she will share some of ‘Inundation’  when I can persuade her to get her blog up and running.

Current Word Count:  57,290

So Far…

Reached the magical 50,000 words mark this week and I am hoping to get some solid work done over this weekend.

The dogs woke me up at 5:30am today which is why I’m at my PC at this hour. I’ve checked email, browsed the internet and generally procrastinated, as is my usual practice.

My aim is to complete my first revision by the end of this month (80,000+ words) and hope to see definite progress towards that goal this weekend.

I have also just managed to source a hardback copy of Duncton Wood by William Horwood which is one of the the books that actually gave me the desire to write from an animal’s perspective. I am really looking forward to re-reading it during the times when I take a break from the keyboard.

Word Count: 50,534

Jaguar Update

I wanted to set in stone where I am now with Jaguar.  This post will give me the incentive to push forward during the times when the words just won’t come.

As of this morning I am at around the half way mark of my first revision (second draft) and my goal is to have this draft finished by the end of May.

I am getting some great feedback from my main critique partner, ChrisB – from AQC which will stand me in good stead for my next draft.  Due to some of her comments I have been moving one or two of the chapters around to allow the novel to flow better.  I really must say that having a CP opens your eyes and is invaluable.  Thanks Chris 🙂

I am also working on my agent query letter which is even harder than writing the novel in the first place.  I has to be slick, it has to catch their attention and leave them wanting to read your manuscript.

I am hoping to start querying in August and would like to polish the MS with beta readers in July before I start the querying process.  If you are interested in becoming a beta reader then drop me a line.

Word Count:  43,288