My “SMART” Goal – December Update

It has been a while, and time for another update!

While I finished the first draft of my novel, I am currently undergoing rewrites and revisions. Towards the latter half of the novel, I realized that I finally found my literary ‘voice’ that was not yet fully formed in the first half of the novel. The majority of these revisions are simply modifying the prose so that it is consistent with the writing style I managed to perfect in the second half.

This also provides me with an opportunity to revisit the story with fresh eyes and go over what works and what doesn’t. Some characters who grew to be major players in the overall plot had arbitrary introductions, and I would like to add greater depth to them in the beginning. There was also a rushed feeling to the first half, perhaps due to the fact that I wrote the first half of the story by hand first–thus resulting in events proceeding unnaturally fast.

For example, the major characters are introduced, the main antagonist appears, and the inciting incident all happen within seven pages. Very rushed indeed. So now I’m taking my time, developing the world more, and giving the characters the space they deserve to breathe and grow without feeling like they’re on rails and being rushed through the plot.

Personal crises and loss have fallen upon myself in the past few months, but I’m taking them as added knowledge and experience that I can now breathe into my novel. I have a greater sense what it’s like to lose someone dear, and that will now find itself being expressed through the characters as they too are faced with hardship.

Of course, this means some events will need to be cut because too much happens too soon. I understand this is all part of the creative process, and I am still just as excited for my future readers to explore this world I’m creating. With my third semester at McGill coming to a close, I now have a good month or so to fully dedicate myself to restructure the first half of my novel. Hopefully this will result in the next incarnation to be ready sometime in January of February!

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My “SMART” Goal – September Update

It is my pleasure to announce that on July 31st, I finished the first draft of my novel, The Hunter and the Horned Serpent. The manuscript stands at a strong 425 pages.

Two parts. 26 Chapters. Plus one Prologue.

It is one of my proudest achievements. However, the work has only begun. Now I enter the editing stage, with my red pen in hand.

While I’ve finished the SMART goal I set out to accomplish in a time much later than I projected, it is nonetheless a success to have written a novel. This is but the first step in a miles long journey, and I cannot wait to update you all on the journey I’ve begun.

~Tharonhianente

My “SMART” Goal – July Update: The Ending of the Beginning

I write this update while taking a break from writing the final chapter of my first novel.

It has been a long and solitary road. Several months have come and gone, each filled with moments where I’ve told my friends and family: “I’m so excited! The main character is facing X problem.”

“What’s happening?” They would ask.

“Sorry. Can’t tell,” I would reply.

Instead, I pushed through months and thousands of words, keeping my protagonist’s story to myself. Keeping her struggles, her anxieties, her failures, to myself. And now, as I reach the final pages, I simply cannot help but look forward to new stories. Whatever will my heroes face next?

This is the ending of the beginning.