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The Wisdom of Taking Your Own Advice: More on Ascension Graveyard

Just a few short hours ago, I took the time to shed some light on my recent struggle (because there have been many) with my blog novel, Ascension Graveyard.

In that post, which I totally recommend you read (click HERE to so) because it has brought me to this decision, I give five words of advice to novel writers about their first drafts.

Points 2 and 3 are the ones that really got to me. What they did was call me to the carpet.1349825677w51fa

Ascension Graveyard has taken its sweet time in revealing its muscle and the characters behind it. A couple of the heavy hitters didn’t reveal themselves to me until I was at least a good 65k into the writing process, with at least 30 or so chapters posted on the blog.

In the process of these characters coming to light, came that nudge to my creative core that I needed to introduce them earlier on in the story. I did take note to do so, BUT I have just kept plucking away at the keyboard, NOT doing so.

Why? Because honoring that call would mean I was starting over…on a first draft…that I have sharing with the world since June 2014…you see issue.

This was me ignoring my own advice, while misusing it at the same time. Brings fake tears to my eyes.

So, I realize that I have not only NOT been listening, but I have kept on writing, while assuring myself that the plot will work itself out…which it will if I LISTEN to the story!!!!!

So what does this all mean, and what is my big decision?

I have decided to listen, go back to the beginning, put these late comers to the story in their place and listen from there. What that means is that several of the chapters in the main menu will be going bye bye, but it is all in the name of doing what is right by one’s art.

There it is, folks. The struggle is real, but the journey upward is worth it.

In all truth I am feeling better about Ascension Graveyard already!


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Founder of "I came for the soup...", Candice Coates is a Fiction and Non-Fiction Writer, jumping from genres ranging from her most beloved genre, Speculative Science Fiction and Fantasy to Comedic Clean Read Romance and Suspense Thrillers, all with touches of her Christian faith. She is a lover of Ireland, languages, tea, and just about anything with pistachios. When not writing she is working on creating visual art.


  1. Since I am a new visitor to your blog, I wasn’t awe this was a blog novel in the making. You appear to have done extremely well in that case from what little I have read. Anything is possible when you smile. 🙂 🙂 ❤

    • Thank you for those words of wisdom. Here I was printing up the novel so that I can backtrack and fix her to go forward, and I have to say I was a bit tense and nervous over the whole thing. Reading your comment really put me at ease. And I am smiling 🙂 so thanks loads!

      • Honest? I’m tickled pink if anything I’ve said or done puts you at ease or is of help. ❤ ❤ ❤ You are doing a bang up job.
        I am fascinated anyone can build new worlds and not get stuck / blocked. I think you're awesome. o_O

      • You have no idea how many calories you have helped me burn from sheer laughter over this! All writers have bad days AND Chapters. Fear not, your day will come HAHAHAHAHA!

      • Oh Candice my inspirational writer friend, my drafts are FULL of chapter 18’s :-). No worries there!

      • 🙂 Maybe chapter 18’s are those thorns in our sides that keep us grounded and not full of ourselves. Hooray chapter 18’s, you delicious lil ego busters

      • I think…sigh…it might be the only way. ACTUALLY I kind of feel like the last 20 or so chapters of Ascension Graveyard are a bunch of chapter 18’s. I mean some of the content is viable but for the most part…meh

      • lol Well this chapter 18 is in another manuscript that Blonde Lucy is reading. It was a bit too technical and stalled the flow of the story. Kind of like drinking a smoothie and getting a sudden chunk of banana. Eek! It happens. I just need to smooth things out a bit.

      • That’s a perfect metaphor, lol–smoothie then a chunk of banana. 😀 Which manuscript is it? Is the Jasper I heard about in it?

      • Yes Jasper is one of the main characters in the story. The story is called “Warden” It was the first novel I wrote based from NaNoWriMo. I finished it in 96 days which was such a victory. Blonde Lucy has been reading it for content value (From the view of a reader and not a writer) and giving me points on how to tighten it up. I have to say it is my favorite written work thus far. 🙂

      • Wow 96 days? You’re incredible! It takes me twice that long. I like Jasper already, I’m looking forward to one day reading this work! 😀

      • Thank you so much for that! I realized after writing that book that there was really no such thing as writer’s block. One just has to (as I have said in many of my post and as I am still learning) listen to what the story is saying and let it tell itself. Some stories will only require 96 days others, years. Each story has a personality, a soul all its own and it requires a different level of attention. As far as Warden goes, I would like to start querying it within the next year. 🙂 We shall see.

      • I hadn’t thought of it that way before, but it’s true. Each story does have its own personality and needs its own care. Warden, I shall impatiently wait until the day it’s finally published! 😀

      • 😀 If you are truly interested in reading it, would you consider reading my second draft? I would like to make the changes Blonde Lucy suggests as well as add some bits to the story that I have been meaning to add for a while. My only request would be that you give your honest readers opinion, as if it were a novel you purchased from a book store.

      • I am interested, my only draw back is time and I’m a very slow reader. But if you don’t have a firm due date on it, I’d be happy to help out. My reading time is cut in half now that I’m editing and writing, so it can take me 3 months to get through a full-length novel. So if I can have 3 months, then I’ll help out! 😀 And yes, I’ll definitely give you my full, honest opinion, because that’s how I hope people will be with my books too. 🙂

      • I totally understand where you are coming from! I will bring this back up as soon as I have made all of my second draft add ins and then I will check back in with you then. Much appreciated. Maybe we should create our own group of beta readers 😉

      • Sure thing! 🙂 A beta reader group, that’d be interesting. I don’t think I could keep up reading group books though.

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