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Gun vs. Sword Started

I started working on Gun vs. Sword (temporary title, until I think of something better) this week.  It’s a novel that I’ve been doing pre-writing for while Merm-8 is incubating and editing Z Company. I never intended it to be a main novel, and I plan to stop this and restart Merm-8 after it’s gotten its critiques back.  It’s a trunk novel, but the idea’s been in my head for years, since I read “The Darkness and the Light”, and I’ve been gradually touching it every time I get ideas.  Now I’m done with the pre-writing, so writing the text is obviously the next step.

Of course, that’s not as easy as it sounds. Or as I remember. I haven’t composed an original draft since I abandoned the last short story I was going to write (around the beginning of March). The first day sucked. Every sentence felt amateur, pedantic, lengthy, and garbage. I wrote 250 words and they all sucked. I felt like I couldn’t write anymore.  Like a bodybuilder come back to the gym.

The next day, I tried re-writing the beginning. I didn’t change anything plot-wise, just took another shot. And it turned out better. Got farther too.  Got to the point where I could name my character finally.

I wonder if anyone ever intentionally writes a trunk novel. I think the traditional context is that these are books a writer writes before he/she lands a deal/agent. Of course, since I have no deal or agent, every novel I’ve written is a trunk novel. So guess it doesn’t matter.

Eric Juneau is a software engineer and novelist on his lunch breaks. In 2016, his first novel, Merm-8, was published by eTreasures. He lives in, was born in, and refuses to leave, Minnesota. You can find him talking about movies, video games, and Disney princesses at where he details his journey to become a capital A Author.

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