Back in early June, I set a deadline for myself by which I would finish this latest revision of The Hidden (see The Plan, Part 2). “No problem,” I thought. “I’ve got this,” I believed, even though I knew it was quite an audacious goal, one that I would have to push really, really hard to accomplish. Well, a few weeks in, when I hit the approximate half-way point in the book, I looked at what remained, the sheer number of pages…and I looked at the weeks, weekends specifically, until August 18th…and I reviewed my averages, the number of pages I’d been able to chew through and revise during the previous weeks…and then I did the math, and the calculator displayed, “Well CRAP, it’s impossible. IMPOSSIBLE, I tell you!”
But, there’s always a way, I always believe. The way, the solution, came to me when I hit the midway point of the story. I hadn’t considered it before that day, so I was very intrigued by the thought: What if I divide the book into two…? This way, I could be done with what I would now call “book 1”, apply for the copyright and start harassing, er, uh, contacting literary agents again, while at the same time, I’d continue revising this new “book 2”, the second half of the story. Bam! Deadline problem solved!
That could actually work because this first installment of The Hidden is quite long and there is a natural shift that occurs in the story just before the midway point. When I started writing it back in early 2006, I didn’t think it’d be so…long. How long is it, you ask? Well, uh, yeah, it contains adequate material for two books. It’s not that I’m verbose–that I like to say things over and over, restate key points in different ways, to give the reader a rounder vision, a fuller and more vibrant feel and view of what’s going on–I had a story to tell and it’s just a lengthy, hopefully captivating, interesting, relatable, sci-fi action-adventure story.
So, if I did this, then what I’ve started and have been calling book 2 becomes book 3. I’m cool with that, but still, I gotta admit, I’m a little reluctant to split it up. While doing so would definitely help me beat my August 18th (semi-artificial) deadline, and open up several tantalizing possibilities that were previously unavailable, I need to think on this a bit. Actually, I’m pretty sure I know which way I will go. Pretty sure. But, I’d like to hear your thoughts, whether you are also an aspiring writer, published author, agent, or just a guy or gal who, for whatever reason, actually reads this often rambling blog. Oh, and thanks in advance!
One final note: of course I won’t divide it just to hit my deadline; splitting The Hidden in two has to make sense on multiple levels. I’m determined to make it the best it can be, right now, even though I know I’ll have to edit it further once I find an agent, or if I decide to execute…the “nuclear option”….