Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Intimidating Tasks

Augmented Genesis is slowly chugging along, but other tasks are robbing me of my focus. I'm not talking about work or my home life, but the current state of this blog's namesake, Human Echoes.

I can honestly say that Human Echoes is a complete mess. A sprawling distraction that should probably be put out of its misery. I can't seem to do that, being that it was my first, and thus far, largest project. The idea of complete destructive revision has surfaced again, and I might not be able to stop it.

The plan as it stands right now, is to tear Human Echoes in half. To create a stand alone book of around 60,000 words using an altered plot from the first half of the book, and then to create the sequel. Being that I am the only one who has read the book so far, I doubt this really matters to anyone, but it might be the only way to save this novel. I even have a concept for a third book if it gets to that point. At this point, it seems like the stories would be much cleaner if they were separated.

I am encouraged by my will to produce, but still intimidated by the tasks ahead. Being a writer is a long and lonely path sometimes, and of course, the chances of success are low. I hope that my resolve will lead to better ends, both in my novels, and in the rest of my toils.


  1. Edit: I apparently can't spell. I need to stop rushing these posts.

  2. why destroy? its like you said, edit, look for what needs improving

  3. Sometimes it is easier to start from scratch. I might keep sections, but it needs major reconstruction to be salvaged.


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