CHAMPIONS OF THE THIRD PLANET IS COMING!
First, thanks to you all for having incredible patience with me! I am still chipping away at this novel. It’s not that I’m not writing -- I’m writing ALL THE TIME, just juggling different projects as they come. But I keep returning to CHAMPIONS.
I also wanted to share another project with you --a creepy 3-minute short film I directed in the fall, written by my friend and LOST ROOM co-creator Paul Workman. NOWHERE AS GOOD AS A BOOK, I get you, but here, just check it out: https://vimeo.com/236590565
I’m back on the book full time now so I’m going to start sending regular updates until I deliver it. Will inform.
By the way, I forgot in my last update. If anyone wants to read some of my new book and give some feedback send me a message. I’d be more than happy to reciprocate. Although I don’t plan on publishing this book via Inkshares, I’d be more than happy to share some of it with the great community here! Once again; have a great day!
Best Wishes, Scott Carss
I’m sorry to bother you again, but this is an update in which I’m going to be entirely frank. It’s not completely about MONOMAN, but it involves it heavily.
At the moment I am not working on MONOMAN. It is my dream book, but I have to admit it is not a good first book. it’s too long and I don’t know if I have the experience to pull it off. I’m not even twenty yet.
Don’t worry I’m still writing. I have been working on an urban fantasy novel which I think is far more publishable at the moment. I’ve already finished over a quarter of the first draft in the last two days. That’s with a bit of writer’s block I ran into on the second, but then overcame. I’m going back to college on Monday (hooray!) which might slow my work down, but I hope to finish the first draft before then.
As for MONOMAN, I haven’t actually done much work on it in the past year. I’ve been frustrated with a lot of problems it has, but I know how to fix them. Once I get finished my urban fantasy novel I plan to completely overhaul a bunch of things. For example, my brother pointed out that Allen doesn’t feel old enough. He’s thirty six by the way and I plan to increase his age to forty one in the next draft for timeline reasons. I can do it, but it will mean rewriting many of his POVs. This is just one of many issues I plan on fixing.
Most of you probably didn’t stick around to read this wall of text, I know I wouldn’t. But I thank anyone who did. I promise to put my all into my new novel! I hope you have a wonderful day!
From, Scott Carss
Well, it’s been a long time coming, but finally I have a progress update for Tantalus Depths.
I’ve finally finished my first full reworking of the manuscript based on my editor’s feedback, and sent it in. I had intended to get this step of the process finished by the end of last year, but clearly these kinds of edits are a lot more challenging than I had assumed they’d be.
All told, though, I’m happy with these edits. I’ve extensively rewritten several chapters at the beginning and end of the book, but the book very much remains the same story I wanted to tell initially. These changes have helped me make Tantalus Depths a more effective piece of storytelling in the areas that really mattered to me.
At the end of my edits, my manuscript is now about 20,000 words longer than it used to be. Most of that added content was devoted to more fleshed-out worldbuilding, better character development, and better prose in my descriptive imagery. It’s longer now, but I believe the added content improves the pacing and flow of the story to such a degree that it will feel like it’s become shorter.
I originally wrote Tantalus Depths between 2012 and 2014. Since then, I’ve honed my writing skills, and I feel confident that this new draft showcases that improvement in my literary abilities. I’m prouder of this book than I’ve ever been, and I’m thrilled to carry it forward to the next steps.
So, what’s next for Tantalus Depths?
Well, now that I’ve turned it in to my editor, the ball’s in his court. It’ll be a few weeks before he gets the opportunity to read through my changes and send me back any new feedback he has for me. When that’s done, I’ll take a look at whatever other changes he feels I still need to make and then make use of that feedback in another draft. We’ll keep going back and forth like this until we’re both satisfied that the manuscript is as good as it can be. The biggest and most complicated round of edits is done, though, and each step in the development edit process should move faster than the one before it.
Think of the editing process like carving a sculpture out of a wooden log: first you go at it with a chainsaw and remove all the bulky bits you don’t want. Then you go at it with a chisel to get it to the precise shape you want it. Then, finally, you go over it with sandpaper to smooth out all the tiniest imperfections. I’ve just finished my “chainsaw edit.”
So what am I doing now that I’m free of Tantalus Depths for the next few weeks?
Well, until my editor finishes reading through it and sends me his notes, there’s nothing I can do for Tantalus Depths. I won’t be idle while I wait, though. I’m going to jump back into Proteus. My plan had always been to jump back into Proteus as soon as I was done with my Tantalus Depths edits, but I really didn’t think it would take me this long to get through with them, and my campaign for Proteus is almost over. So I intend to ask for one more 90-day extension for Proteus. I still need close to 500 orders to hit my full publication goal, so it’s going to be a lot of work, but during the time that I am waiting for feedback on Tantalus, I plan to devote myself fully to campaigning for Proteus. I’m determined to get both books the publication treatment they deserve, and to firmly establish myself as an up-and-comer in the writing industry.
So, stay tuned. As soon as I have more news for Tantalus Depths, I’ll be sure to let you all know. Meanwhile, I’ve prepared some exciting resources for my new Proteus campaign, and I think you’ll find them pretty interesting.