Climbing-MountainTwo weekends of writing on the second book and I’m over 6,000 words in. I’m happy with that progress. Actually, ecstatic. My blog url is “firstnovelblog” but now I’m working on the second. I think that’s ok since I’ve not published my first. If it ever gets published.

One more weekend of writing on the second novel and then back to the first. This will be the third edit on the first novel and preparation for beta readers. If I get any. Next weekend will be a four-day weekend. One day off, weekend + MLK day. I should get a bunch done.

I’m using Scrivener still. I take the time now to do a synopsis on every scene and list out the characters and word count. I feel more organized. Hopefully I learned something from my disorganized approach to the first book. Can’t wait for the iPad version of Scriv.

Right now I’m planning to spend a lot of time trying to get the first novel published traditionally vs self-published. I just don’t feel like an experienced enough writer to go the self-pub route. I’d like the help of an agent, etc.

The title of the first novel changed to match up better with the second. I like the new title. It’s a series.

That’s all for this weekend. I’m going to do some arpeggio work on my bass here before lunch and then head over to a meeting of my writer group this afternoon.



  1. Wish you all the best in your writing career. I’m just starting out to write; but, sometimes I get too lazy. How do you balance between writing and living life? I’m still trying to figure out how writers do that.

    • tyroper said:

      Thank you. Living life is vital to me because that is my greatest source of content. Currently I am only writing on my days off from work. After work I have health maintenance activities, friends and the time in the evening I need to spend with my wife. On my days off I get a good 4-5 hour block in the morning before everyone wakes up (they all sleep late, and I’m up early). I write what I can in this block and call it good. That works for me. I’d do what works for you and not worry if it fits someone else’s ‘formula’. Best wishes on your writing career as well!

  2. It’s great that your second book is coming along well. I will follow your example.

  3. Good luck finding an agent. It’s a challenging road, but I think it’s something every aspiring author should attempt.

    • Donald Miller said:

      I have my first novella on my blog free for anyone to read–and no reads. “Challenging” is almost an understatement. As Willy Loman said, “The competition is maddening!”

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