Meet Jaycent. He’s the one pictured in the crude little sketch above. More importantly though, he’s the main character of my book, The Royal Rogue. Originally I promise weekly updates on this manuscript, but after awhile I wasn’t sure what to write. I didn’t want to post pieces of the manuscript every time, but one sentence blogs proclaiming “My novel is now 42.875 percent complete!!” hardly seemed worthwhile. All of my fun, creative ideas are reserved for when the manuscript is complete and I launch the Gypsy’s Lore section of the blog. So what did I have left to share?
I suppose I can share some insight as to what editing a book has been like for the past several weeks. Very few eyes have seen the newly revised manuscript, which is now about halfway complete, and so far it’s been a tedious process. I’ve learned how changing one small detail can turn into hours of edits. But with every revision, I’m seeing this book and these characters really come alive. Some days I’m completely immersed in this story and its characters. Others I sit here staring blankly, wondering what in the world I started. Determination and tenacity alone have kept me from getting up and walking away from this project sometimes. But all the hours invested, the sleepless nights and the moments where I feel I’m losing my mind… they’re worth it. The book is coming together. Piece by piece, chapter by chapter, this novel is becoming a piece of work I can truly say I’m proud of.
So while you may not hear from me weekly on this subject, know that the diligence is here. It’s happening. The book is progressing.
And I’m closer than I ever thought I’d be to making The Royal Rogue into a hardback reality.