Friday, February 8, 2013

Published My Poem

I am very pleased to announce that I, Scott Gano, recently received a notice that one of my poems (Inspiration) will be self-published in a book with a collection of over a 100 other creative poets across the world! It has been published under Miles to Go - Promises to Keep Volume 1 Collected Poems, and is ready for pre-order.

Miles To Go is a clothing, art, and accessories business created by Greg Kerr based solely around Literature. Literature pieces like Brave New World, Time Machine, The Bell Jar, Invisible Man, Moby Dick, War of The Worlds, and much more. If you love reading and writing as much as I do, I suggest checking it out. Miles to go has an excellent background story and is an excellent place to shop.

The book I am self-published in is a recent new idea that has been put together. If anyone would like to order a copy (either hardback or softcover) or would like to browse around.. here is the website:

Thank you and enjoy!

1st Draft Novel Completed

That is right! On January 21, 2013, I was able to complete the first draft of my very first novel. I was ecstatic! I was thrilled, overjoyed, and most of all...relieved. It was an excellent feeling to experience. One that I hope all writers will get to experience once their stories are complete. After printing out the first draft, I tucked it away in a drawer and walked away from it. My mind needed a break from it. To forget about it. Two weeks have just about passed and I've decided to return to the novel that I wrote.

A few days before those two weeks, I did a little research on how to approach the next step. If you go to Google and search for "finished 1st draft of novel" you get about 11,300,000 results..... Holy crap!! To narrow that down, I clicked on 5 to 8 sites to find the similarities and picked out the methods I know would work well for me. Not to mention I have also currently started reading On Writing by Stephen King to get a little extra assistance.

There is no order to do this. Some of the methods I list here I have taken, plan to take, or are thinking about taking:

  1. Take a long break so the mind can relax, focus on more/new creative ideas, and have an open mind when going back to rewrite and edit. (2 to 6 weeks)
  2. Read the novel from beginning to end. No editing. Only mark areas to locate grammar, punctuation, misspellings, etc. as you read.
  3. Allow others to critique (outside family). More than 5 people.
  4. Gather all the notes taken for the novel. Remove bad ideas with fresh ideas that have come up while writing/reading the end of the novel's 1st draft. And improve original good ideas (includes characters, scenes, plot, etc.)
  5. Rewrite the outline draft again to better-organize the structure of the story properly.
  6. Gather critique suggestions. Change areas that have constant repeated concerns.
  7. Rewrite outline to make it as perfect as humanly possible.
  8. Rewrite the novel.
  9. Find an editor or someone with excellent editing skills.
  10. Send out to publishers.