Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Recap...

Here's the high level time line of my manuscript: working title "Ace"

  • Feb 23, 2010: in my idea notebook I write about a love story involving a regular guy and a world class tennis player... a love that can not be
  • May 24, 2010: I land in Paris (business trip), French Open has just started
  • May 25, 2010: during breakfast, I notice tennis pros there. Amongst them is Dominika Cubilkova. I say hello. As I eat, I notice a young guy staring at her. An idea is born
  • May 28, 2010: on plane (Air France), on my iPad I do a mind map of the high level story. Then the opening scene. Do I want to write a love story? I was working on a mystery novel for two months... do I stop it? Yes!!!
  • June 1 - June 8, 2010: I develop my characters, the high level plot and major scenes. I need to test the idea
  • June 8 - June 16, 2010: I write every night from 9 PM till midnight. I complete Act I, 15,000 words. I like it.
  • June 17, 2010: My wife reads the opening chapter. "I like it... I want to know more." All systems go.
  • June 18 - August 5, 2010: I write my first draft. I develop 75,000 words. Stephen King and James Scott Bell tell authors to wait 2-4 weeks and no look at the draft. It is agony. Sheer pain. During those two weeks (I couldn't wait three) new ideas come to me. Clarity over missing scenes.
  • Aug 23- Sept 22, 2010: I clean up, enhance, clear up, modify, and finish my 2nd draft
  • Sept 23 - Oct 8, 2010: I am being a coward. I read it. I re-read it. Find spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors... I am trying to delay getting the manuscript to my wife... my first reader
  • Oct 8, 2010: I give manuscript to my wife... 274 singe sided pages, 1.5 spaced.
  • Oct 12, 2010: She tells me, "Don't give up on this one. This is it. It's a great story, great characters, great dialogue, I can see it as a movie. Do what you have to do." 
  • Oct 13, 2010: clean up some of the issues she pointed out (great points, that I had missed)
  • Oct 14, 2010: "I want to read it again," she says. "I miss the story and the characters." I am one happy and lucky guy

If all goes to plan, by early next week, I will print out five copies and hand it out to my select few.

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