One of the most satisfying but also heartbreaking things about being an author is when you write the final chapter. Today I wrote the final chapter of The Grey and to celebrate I sat on the floor of the shower and cried for a while. The Grey has ended in a completely unexpected way. It wasn't what I'd planned, but it's better. I'm sad about finishing because now the hard stuff starts. Bring on the 7o thousand re-reads and edits!
I've been through a lot of personal growth and change in the last few months and as a result I've been manically writing. I can't stop! I'm sitting with my laptop for hours at a time. I think the longest stretch I've done was around thirteen hours. I just can't stop writing. I'm so pleased. The Grey is coming together so quickly.
I'm a few days ahead of myself, because it's only the end of Feb. I've ordered the final copies of The White (they're being shipped right now!). I'm really far into the first draft of book two, The Grey and I've even written a chapter of book three, The Black. I've surprised myself this time round. The words are coming out so quickly. I hope it stays this way!
Nicole and I have both read it at least a thousand times during the final editing stage. I'm ordering sample copies and getting incredibly excited. The thing I'm the most looking forward to is reading the book cover to cover, without having to worry about editing or making changes; I just want to enjoy the story now. I've also started book two.
I know exactly what I want, but I can't design it myself.. So, I've turned to 99designs, a website where brilliant designers submit their interpretations of your design brief. I've found an amazing designer who has hit the brief PERFECTLY. Marîa Vargas' design is outstanding, I swear she knows Miles personally...
I really did think that the hardest part about self publishing would be writing the book. BUT, writing the book was the easy part. The hardest part about self publishing is having to do EVERYTHING ELSE. I've spent the month of October and most of November working on the website, learning about SEO, re-writing and editing, typesetting the book itself.
I scroll back and forth between chapters, adding things here, deleting things there. I do this over, and over, and over. I've been doing this since March and whilst the story has grown by a few thousand words, the plot is staying mostly the same. I've decided to talk to my friend Nicole. She's the biggest bookworm I know. She also has some experience in editing. When I asked her to edit the book, she said yes. Because she's wonderful.
It’s now March 2017 and it’s been a while since I began The White. I always knew that Miles Young was a stand out favourite. I couldn't figure out what it was, but I just knew I'd missed something crucial to the development of Miles. When I realised what his character was missing, I quickly re-wrote the entire character bio. He had to be a world traveller. A solo world traveller. Miles Covers Miles was born.
It's June 2016 and I'm feeling it. I've been feeling it for months. To try and inspire myself, I began thinking about some of the old ideas I’ve been hanging on to. The idea about the woman and The White is one that I keep coming back to. I figure I might as well give it another shot.
When I was studying a Diploma of Creative Writing I came up with a lot of ideas. I had at least a hundred ideas saved to my hard drive. Some were merely a few sentences and some were an entire chapter. My hard drive was corrupted. Sadly, no data was recovered. Luckily most of the ideas had been printed. One of the ideas that was salvaged was the inspiration for The White. It was a one page sample about a woman who woke up in an unknown space, where absolutely everything around her was white.