Welcome to my first blog :) My name is Jon, and I’ll be your tour guide on this crazy writing adventure!
Up front I want to tell you all what this blog is going to primarily focus on, and that is writing fiction, the trials and triumphs of trying to find a literary agent, and eventually getting my first novel published.
I hope that my blog will be helpful to other aspiring writers, but more than that I really wish to start making a connection with everyone out there who’s willing to follow this blog! I don’t just mean other writers, but anyone and everyone! I want to connect with my readers, and as passionate as I am about writing, I know that this blog will be a personal journey that I am excited to share with you all!
For starters, I will be writing blog entries on how I go about writing novels and short stories, including telling about my endeavors as I write them. I also will be discussing the process of finding a literary agent, which includes the (sometimes painful) process of writing query letters and synopses.
Something else I want to do on this blog is write short stories within the same universe as the novels I am currently trying to publish, called The Sword of Dragons, and post them here for all to read!
So while there isn’t much here yet, please subscribe to my blog, because I guarantee you that there is a lot to come!!
I also would like to encourage everyone to feel free to leave comments. Introduce yourself for starters! My only stipulation to everyone is to please, please keep things civil. I want this to be a blog people from all walks of life feel comfortable coming to :)
The Story So Far…
I talk a bit about my writing endeavors up to this point in the “About” section (see the link in the header), but I wanted to cover some specifics about my current project, and where I am right now in my quest for publication. If you aren’t able to finish reading to the end of this entry, don’t worry, it’s a bit of a long story, full of evil things like writer’s block and dozens of drafts of query letters :)
The Sword of Dragons has a decade-long origin story! Longer, actually. When I was in junior high, I came up with a science fiction story called Star Dragon Legion. While a future sci-fi story, it also involved magic and dragons. Before you roll your eyes, remember that I was very young and very inexperienced as a writer :) I never finished a novel for the series, but I wrote numerous short stories.
Fast forward to my senior year of high school, I was required to do a senior project, and I chose to do mine on writing a short story and trying to get it published. The short story I wrote was entitled “Star Dragon Legion – Sword of the Dragon”. In it, the protagonist was required to complete a trial by retrieving a fabled, powerful weapon, the titular Sword of the Dragon.
I never did get it published, and to be frank, it was pretty poorly written, but I learned a lot during my project, especially because I had taken my first creative writing class!
Sometime during my freshman year of college, I came up with the idea to take the basic principle of Sword of the Dragon and turning it into a full-on fantasy novel. By the end of my sophomore year, I had finished, and that summer I sent it to a publisher.
It was rejected, and before I sent it to another publisher, I decided to do another round of proofreading. By this time I had moved on to a 4-year college for my junior year, and was in the middle of a great creative writing class! I had already learned so much, and so when I tried to read Sword of the Dragon, I realized how badly written it was. I couldn’t even get through the first chapter!!
So I shelved it. And some time later, I started a rewrite. Shelved it. Started another rewrite, and shelved it again. It wasn’t until 2008 that I began what would become the final version. By then I had graduated college and had numerous creative writing classes under my belt, so my writing style was considerably better (even today I still think the early chapters are well-written!) I got about halfway through the novel, when… DUN DUN DUNNNN…. Writers block hit.
Evil, accursed writers block! For the next couple of years, I struggled with writers block, and between 2008 and 2012 I only wrote 2 chapters in The Sword of Dragons!
2012 was the golden year for me. Something changed that summer, and I picked up Sword of the Dragons again, right where I left off, and started writing like mad!
Sometime near the end of 2012 is when I finished the first draft, and I spent the next few months proofreading and getting friends to read through it. During this proofread, I also renamed the novel to The Sword of Dragons, and by extension renamed the weapon that is the catalyst of the novel.
Next came the hardest part of all – finding a literary agent! Which I am actually still in the process of doing. By now I’ve gone through at least a dozen drafts of my query letter, and have written a few synposes. I’ve submitted to only 6 agents at this time, all of whom have rejected my story. I didn’t feel ready to “shotgun” out my query letter, and have continually tweaked it. In a future blog post, I will be discussing an extraordinarily helpful website for query letters, and is where I plan on submitting my letter for peer review before I shotgun it out to several more agents!
In the mean time, I have written the second novel in the series, titled The Sword of Dragons – Burning Skies. It took me about 4 months or so to write this one, I have really found my groove in writing! I am still going through the proofreading and editing process, which I will discuss in future blog entries as well :)
There’s a lot more to talk about, but I feel like this is long enough for an initial blog entry. You all will get to know me and my tale a lot better as time goes on, don’t worry!
Thanks for reading :)