Progress on Novel
UPDATE: September 21, 2018
Editing began in May. The process has been extremely slow, and sometimes hours are spent on a four-page subchapter. However, getting to re-experience the telling of this story has been a great deal of fun. I just finished chapter five and am about to embark on the second part of the story. Thus far, the original 622-page draft has lost 30 pages, thanks to the edits. I'm hoping to lose another 30 to 60 by the end of this draft.
UPDATE: October 28, 2017
After a year of writing and four-and-a-half years of planning, the novel is done, coming in at 622 pages (over double what I had originally intended). The last 100 pages came frantically. It felt more like weathering a fever dream than writing. I will now put it aside for a number of months and pick it back up in the spring to edit.
UPDATE: September 14, 2017
Chapter nine is coming along nicely but slowly. The novel, as a whole, has progressed much slower than anticipated (much slower than anything else I've written), but when inspiration does come, it comes quickly, almost feverishly. Perhaps, because this story is fused with so much from my childhood, it is more difficult to write.
I still plan on having the first draft finished within a month. We'll see how that goes, though. The best laid plans, and all that.
UPDATE: August 7, 2017
Four years ago, I planned to write a memoir centered around my time in Catholic school. However, that idea eventually evolved into a novel entitled The Fog of Memory. After three years of research, beginning and abandoning the prologue, and revising what I had planned for the story, I finally began work on the novel in May 2016.
Over the last year, I have written eight of the planned ten chapters that comprise the novel. The length of the book has increased from 300 pages to (as I foresee it now) 550 pages, and the title has changed from The Fog of Memory to the more apropos Fall of Man. As of this post, I plan to finish the novel by September 2017 (currently, the novel is at 450 pages, so there are only a hundred pages left to go), and I will begin revising it in November. In between, I will be researching and planning my second novel, tentatively entitled Second Coming.