“Kill your darlings”

We’re almost up to thirty views on youtube for the teaser, so here’s an update to celebrate.

There’s a fantastic quote about how you must kill your darlings to be a successful author. It’s been attributed to various authors, from Stephen King to William Faulkner. I think it’s wonderful advice.

Erin and I are nearly done with the sequel to Wakefield. I had a list of ideas and little moments that I wanted to put in, and I realized that they were all darlings. I thought they were wonderful little moments that really shined, but there weren’t really any place for them. I considered where they might come in, but the manuscript was just fine without them.

If an idea makes you giggle and you absolutely adore it, but it’s just a beat that you can’t quite fit in the story, I suggest you just delete your note and move on. Instead of agonizing over how to install a random moment that doesn’t quite fit in, just move on. Kill those darlings.

When the youtube page reaches 100, I’ll post something concerning the sequel. So anyone who cares, share and spread the word.

Update

Well my last post was about covers, so I’ll continue with that thread. Last week Erin and I heard from our cover artist, the talented author/artist C.K. Volnek (www.ckvolnek.com) and went over the characters and setting, etc. with her. I was pleasantly surprised to receive an awesome mock-up for the cover of Wakefield today. I think as a first draft, so to speak, it’s fantastic and I can’t wait to show it off. We have a couple little tweaks to suggest, and then C.K. will finalize it and I can post it here and on Facebook.

It’s a thrill to have someone else bring such great work to your project. It’s as if now that we’re getting a cover that it feels more real to me.

On the manuscript front, we should only have one more round of revisions before the actual book is finalized.

On other fronts, Erin and I are nearly done with the sequel to Wakefield, I sent my self-publishing secretive manuscript which I’m being secretive for no reason to an expert on the field for a book cover blurb, I submitted a short story in a genre I’ve never really written before, and I completed the first draft of a short horror story I hope to submit by month’s end. All of that means: fingers crossed.

More to come when I remember that I have this blog and jot something down.