As of today, the first novel, Perceval, is complete. It has been through more than 12 drafts, two ruthless line edits, and I’ve worked with an editor on it.
I have completed recently the first draft of the second novel, Perceval’s Shadow. I’ve put it away to ferment for a while.
I am now doing the prep work for the third novel, Perceval in Love, before I begin writing the first draft, which I expect to begin in the next week or so. The prep work includes writing up my ideas in notes that I’ll consult and add to daily, writing a preliminary outline — my outlines are usually just skeletons of the narratives and evolve as I get into the actual writing — as well as character work. Which characters, in addition to Evan, from the other books will be in this one? Who are the new characters Evan will meet? If there is a major new character, I will also write up his/her dossier to get to know him/her better. I have found from past experience that this prep work opens up doors in my imagination that I didn’t know existed and will lead me into interesting rooms. It also saves much time during the writing later on.
While the focus of this blog is the Perceval novels, I also write short stories, essays, and screenplays, and may occasionally mention what’s new with this work. For example, I’ve pulled an excerpt from Perceval to submit as a short story to literary magazines. That’s almost ready to mail out. I also have 2 essays and 2 short stories, each in various stages of development, that I’m writing.