Rather than talk solely about his book, Tom Barczak, my friend, and author of upcoming fantasy novel, The Veil of The Dragon, gives us a touching insight into what he went through in writing his book, and the balance he found during some really tough challenges in his personal life.
There is something to be said for process.
It is so easy to get caught up in the destination. With writing, and particularly for new writers, it is easy to let it all become about getting published. There is a real desire, and danger, of sending the manuscript off to agents and publishers, or even to self-publish, before the work is done.
This is not to suggest the other extreme: To write and only write for writings sake, but never permit the work to see the light of day. There are many reasons that can be claimed, but in the end, the truth is it is just easier to not even show it to anyone.
I write because I can’t not write. I know that’s a double negative, but it’s the best description I have.
I write so my writing can be read. I believe until its read, the writing is only half complete, like a painting hidden forever behind a veil, or a sharpened tool that never leaves the shed. If writing is communication, I don’t see the point of talking to myself.
I started writing Veil of the Dragon, my debut fantasy novel, about nine years ago. I sat down one day and wrote three pages of dialogue between the two main characters. Since then, I’ve honed the craft. Over the last two years I have taken what I’ve learned, and shaped a novel that I think is pretty good.
It’s about balance.
During the time I have been writing Veil of the Dragon, my life happened. My wife and I lost our only child, our daughter, Olivia. Then we had three sons. I got my Architect’s license, during which time, my father passed away. There have been other things. During all of these ups and downs, I have grown up. Through all of it, I wrote. I wrote because I couldn’t not.
I started an Author’s Website a few months ago when I learned about the importance of platforming at my state Writer’s Conference. There I post my sketches and maps, outlines and notes from my writing. I just crossed the thousand mark on the number of people who have visited my website. I actively network with other author’s, both published and non-published. I am an active member in two of my local writers groups. I do my best to write every day, even if only for 15 minutes.
As I write this, Veil of the Dragon is sitting with my Editor, a wonderful person who has really helped me out a lot. Once I hear back from her, I expect there will be some more changes, but I also expect that I am pretty close to querying the Agent who asked me this past summer to send it to her whenever I am finished.
I would love to hear from you.
You can learn more about Veil of the Dragon by visiting my Author’s website: www.tombarczak.com
Or you can e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, Tom. Can’t wait to hear more from you about Veil of The Dragon. Fantasy is popular and I’m sure you’ll have a wide audience waiting your first publication.