WIP Update: Tag, I’m it!

Well, it seems I was tagged by the amazing J.A. Romano in this new meme about a writer’s work and whatnot. Don’t worry; I don’t ramble. Much.

1. What’s the name of your current WIP?

As of right now, it appears to be called The Cold Silence. But that could change umpteen times from finishing. Oh, and it’s a euphemism for death, if that helps.

2. Ready to do a cover reveal?

Are you crazy? I’m not even finished with the first draft, let alone have the artistic abilities to do a cover. Nah, I’ll save that for the publisher’s artist.

3. How many words are you into it?

As of writing this, I’m sitting at 107,451 words. Changing as I’m multitasking.

4. Goal word count by the end of the week?

I don’t do weekly or daily goals. They mess with the creative process. And besides, I always manage to not make the deadline, even if it is a bit rough.

5. Goal word count for the entire manuscript?

Around 160K words. I’ve planned out the whole novel, made small marks for each chapter and such. Considering each of my chapters are about 10-15 pages long, that’ll end up about 400-450 pages, or about 160K words. Could go higher, though.

6. What genre does your WIP fall within?

I prefer Fantasy Noir, but it could easily minor in Steampunk, Clockpunk, and Biopunk. Basically, a Victorian-esque novel with Dark Fantasy ties. Yeah. I’m going with speculative fiction.

7. When would you like to publish this project?

Well, let’s not get hasty. I’d like to finish the first draft before this year is up. At four chapters a month, that should be feasible. Editing and beta readers will come next. Hopefully I’ll see it published and on shelves by 2015. I’d also like to own a Bugatti. Both seem about the same distance.

8. Go to page five of your manuscript and pick a random sentence to share with us!

“The rain tapped on my hood like a lost stranger.”

You just had to pick the one page where I don’t have a cool description. Oh well. I guess I’ll do with an opener to a chapter.

9. Will this WIP turn into a series?

Series? No. It will be a trilogy or quartet. Could work as both, but would require a whole lot of planning for the last two. And plus, I like the sound of a quartet.

10. What has been the hardest challenge in working on this WIP?

I’m writing in first person, so the narrator is like every human being; he likes to repeat certain phrases. I like to call it my sloppy writing. He likes to call it his “voice.” No, I’m not crazy. It’s called “listening to the characters.” But it allows me to widen my vocabulary, make the work more verbose. That’s never a bad thing, right?

11. What has been your favorite part of working on this WIP?

My favorite part has been simply writing. This is a book I would want to read, so of course I have fun with everything. All the sarcasm and witty banter is great fun, coupled with the fight scenes and everything. It’s just fun. That, and I love to describe things. Strange, I know.

12. Any special treat planned for when you finish the final draft of your WIP?

Probably going to go crazy telling everybody. Or let myself take that dreaded nap. Who knows?

13. Tag 2 people to complete this WIP meme:

Stewart Smith

Coby Schaber

Hope you enjoyed my ramblings. Might be a short taste to the interviews of the future. But that would entail that I’m going somwhere with this writing business.

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