Markelle Grabo

Young Adult Author


The Toughest Book Yet

Posted by Markelle Grabo on July 8, 2013 at 11:55 AM

As a writer and storyteller, I'm sure it's hard for people to imagine that I find blogging quite difficult. My posts are less than frequent, mainly because it's hard for me to turn little updates into an interesting segment people will want to read. But seeing as how I have some free time during the summer, I suppose I should suck it up and post something!

As many of you know, I'm currently editing the third book in the Journey into the Realm series, The Stolen Child. I wrote the first draft years ago when I was 15, and have followed up with multiple drafts since. To date, this is the hardest novel I've ever written. Why? A number of reasons. One, Journey into the Realm was originally intended to be a triology. That is, until I wrote the first two books. Then I realized I wouldn't be able to fit all of the remaining material in one, final novel. So I extended the series to four, then five, then six, then seven...Anyway, I think I've been able to take it down to six books in all, the six and final book acting as more of an epilogue to the series as a whole. But we'll see how it goes. At first, trimming wasn't an easy process because I felt that all of my words were important, but my editor quickly helped me realize what was and was not necessary as I finished the first two books.

For the third book, trimming isn't the problem, because I've never been satisfied with this novel. Something about it has always seemed off to me. It acts as a kind of a transition from the first two books into the rest of the series and until now it really wasn't its own novel. But I'm trying to make it just as strong as the rest of the books, so I've been far more critical with it than anything else I've written thus far. The trouble I'm having now is introducing massive amounts of new content and fitting it in with the few important already-written scenes I must keep. Insteading of adding a few paragraphs here and there to enhance a completed manuscript, I'm rewritting the third book around a few paragraphs here and there that must remain. The process is completely new to me, since I didn't have to do that for the first two books, so it's long and slow work. I apologize that it's taking so long to release the book, but I don't want anyone to read it unless it's at the same level or better than the previous installments. 

My goal is to release the third book by Christmas or sooner. At this point, I honestly don't know if that's realistic. There are also financial issues to consider. But I really don't want to push it farther than that. I'm going to try my hardest to make this goal a reality. Until then, know that I'm working hard to release the best novel I can. I believe I'll love it by the end and hopefully you will too.

Categories: General Thoughts

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