Novel writing update

Printed Manuscript for “Illuminated Fools” Chapters 1-20 single-sided

(This was meant to be published last week – jb)

I did work on my novel Illuminated Fools in 2021. You can find detailed updates leading up to this one on the blog here. When I finish a chapter, I like to print it out & add it to a physical manuscript so I have a sense the writing exists outside of the abstraction of something that lives on a computer. This metal hinged cover has worked very well until the single-sided manuscript got too fat & outgrew the long screws.

I stopped adding chapters after ch. 20 for this reason & was stifled somewhat by this at times.

As we know we make excuses to avoid actually doing the work, at least I do. There’s more to this including not having a duplex printer, but I finally had a double-sided document printed of chapters 1-24, which brings the word count to over 106,000 workshopped & edited words and closes out the writing year.

Old (on right Ch. 1-20) Vs. New (on left Ch. 1-24)

I have words on the page for ch. 25 & hope to finish early in 2022, more than 10 years after starting. I love the way this manuscript looks & looks very sporty slimmed down. Onward.


~ by 15wattLasVegas on January 8, 2022.

3 Responses to “Novel writing update”

  1. …well done, Jonathan! (…that smile…)

  2. Brilliant idea! I’m going to start printing off my manuscript, so I have something physical too!

    • Thank you. I do find it helpful. I also made one from a loose leaf binder which is approximately trade paperback size which feels even more like a physical book. Best of luck on your writing, I need to update my updates to reflect another completed chapter. Thanks for your comment!

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