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Straight Success 08-27-2018 02:06 AM

I've Completed My First Novel - Publication Should Be Dropping This Summer
 
As the title states I'm 48k words into my first novel. For the last few years, I've had this idea for a book/ screen play regarding certain aspects of the world that haven't been touched on too much. I started it to take my mind off of the BS at work, and progress was initially slow. Then when I was no longer working, I put the pedal down. On my free time while looking for a new job (you know chillin' at the beach, chillin' in hotel rooms on vacation, visits to different cities and tracks) I've been letting my imagination run wild. I just finished chapter 6, and I have three more chapters to knock out. Next, it's on to me proof reading it then sending it to a proofer/editor.

I promise you that any active member on the board will love the drama/suspense/action/adventure/and the realness of the story. Stay tuned and buy a copy once it's completed.

Let the questions fly, but I can't reveal too much. :tu:

sonikaccord 08-27-2018 08:01 AM

Is the title going to be Straight Success?
Can I buy it on Amazon?

wtfisafleek 08-27-2018 09:51 AM

What's the basic plot? Is there a hero car, and if so, is it a CB7?

Straight Success 08-27-2018 09:57 AM

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Originally Posted by sonikaccord (Post 3285045)
Is the title going to be Straight Success?
Can I buy it on Amazon?

No, that will not be the title. The book is not about me or my life.

Yes. I plan to have copies available for purchase through Amazon. I don't plan to make this into a career (well, depending on how it works out). It's just something I've been working on and I want to see it through to completion. It would be really cool if I could sell 1,000 copies. Sh!t, maybe even shoot for 10,000 copies, or maybe even 100,000. Who knows the possibilities? My plan in the long run is to have it turned into a screen play.

I'll put it like this, if you liked The Little Giants, The Little Rascals, Doug the cartoon, and/or The Sandlot as a kid, and liked Heat, Scarface, Days of Thunder, Driven, and The Borune Identitiy as an adult, you're going to love this book. I assure you.

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Originally Posted by wtfisafleek (Post 3285046)
What's the basic plot? Is there a hero car, and if so, is it a CB7?

There is a CB7 involved, but not in the hero fashion. However, one does have a cameo. A simple '92 paint faded Rosewood Brown Metallic EX sedan (automatic with stock wheels) puts in a little work in one of the most action packed chapters.

The basic plot is about a group of friend sticking together to make their community better and open doors and opportuities in the process for people who will otherwise never have one. The friends didn't know that's what they were doing until they did it not realizing it in the process.

Ralphie 08-27-2018 10:31 AM

Hey that's pretty cool.

One of my close friends went to school for creative writing, and he has written a few stories, not sure how long they are, or if he plans to publish them, but they're pretty good as well.

I always push people to put themselves out there. Your book may just change someone's life for the better. Shit, you might be sitting on a gold mine. It might blow up, and influence millions of people to write or explore their creative side which is what its all about at the end of the day.

Either way, please keep us updated. Ive been trying to get back into reading, but with two small kids, a full time job, a part time job, and my wife now starting her own blog/fashion site, I have basically NO time for shit.

Ill buy a copy from ya though.

Good luck!

CyborgGT 08-27-2018 11:38 AM

Next to cars, reading is my other main hobby. I average about two books a month, and buy the next one when I'm about half way through the one I'm on, so there's never a break in between. I'll grab a copy for sure. Good luck with it.

I've thought about writing myself, but dont know what I'd write about. I keep thinking back to the days of Gran Turismo 4 and how people at the GTPlanet forum used the photomode to create stories... usually inspired by Initial D and Wangan Midnight, of course.

Straight Success 08-27-2018 04:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Ralphie (Post 3285049)
Hey that's pretty cool.

One of my close friends went to school for creative writing, and he has written a few stories, not sure how long they are, or if he plans to publish them, but they're pretty good as well.

I always push people to put themselves out there. Your book may just change someone's life for the better. Shit, you might be sitting on a gold mine. It might blow up, and influence millions of people to write or explore their creative side which is what its all about at the end of the day.

Either way, please keep us updated. Ive been trying to get back into reading, but with two small kids, a full time job, a part time job, and my wife now starting her own blog/fashion site, I have basically NO time for shit.

Ill buy a copy from ya though.

Good luck!

Thanks for the support, and I'll keep y'all updated. I'm just about to past 50k words as I'm trekking through chapter 7.

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Originally Posted by CyborgGT (Post 3285050)
Next to cars, reading is my other main hobby. I average about two books a month, and buy the next one when I'm about half way through the one I'm on, so there's never a break in between. I'll grab a copy for sure. Good luck with it.

I've thought about writing myself, but dont know what I'd write about. I keep thinking back to the days of Gran Turismo 4 and how people at the GTPlanet forum used the photomode to create stories... usually inspired by Initial D and Wangan Midnight, of course.

This one will not be as long as your typical 400 page novel. I think I may end up with about 250-280 pages, but the content is there and its good. It has got some action and suspense for us all.

CyborgGT 08-27-2018 08:32 PM

One of my favorite books is less than 150 pages and has no dialogue, but is the most beautifully written piece of fiction I've ever read - and I've made a point to add a lot of classics to my collection. Quality over quantity.

Straight Success 08-28-2018 08:50 AM

I'm attempring to do that exact thing right there. I want to have the content hit the readers like, WHAM!

verothacamaro 08-30-2018 09:09 AM

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Originally Posted by CyborgGT (Post 3285050)
Next to cars, reading is my other main hobby. I average about two books a month, and buy the next one when I'm about half way through the one I'm on, so there's never a break in between. I'll grab a copy for sure. Good luck with it.

I've thought about writing myself, but dont know what I'd write about. I keep thinking back to the days of Gran Turismo 4 and how people at the GTPlanet forum used the photomode to create stories... usually inspired by Initial D and Wangan Midnight, of course.

I envy people that can sit down and ready a book to completion.

48k words is no small feat. Good luck:tu:

Straight Success 08-30-2018 10:46 AM

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Originally Posted by verothacamaro (Post 3285089)
I envy people that can sit down and ready a book to completion.

48k words is no small feat. Good luck:tu:

Thanks V. It's been a minute.

I'm now almost 54k in. It's likes, once I start something and I get a good amount of momentum going, I just pluck through whatever it is until completion. I think it's from all the times my mom used to yell at me stating I didn't complete anything. Although I completed a lot of stuff, it was her way of... ahhh, nevermind.

As to the small feat, no it isn't. There are/were times I had to do research to bring reality to the book so that the reader can really be engaged. Other times I had to change up and manipulate entire paragraphs to flow correctly. Then as the writer, I had to match up tense and timelines. Even further, I had to step out of my own element many of times to put myself into the shoes of doctors, lawyers, racers, bicyclist, ENGINEERS, law enforcement officials, poor people, wealthy people, regional managers, low level drug dealers, business owners, drug addicts (pot heads), sheikhs, etc... It's no easy task, believe me - I don't do or sell drugs, I'm not in law enforcement, and I'm not a lawyer although I have several. It takes up a great deal of time reading to write something from the correct perspective.

CyborgGT 08-31-2018 09:25 AM

Research is definity important for a believable story; you never know who's going to be reading. Even seemingly innocent books can involve a TON of research most readers would never notice. Harry Potter, for instance, is chock-full of references to different ancient mythologies and folklore. In fantasy, you'll commonly get completely unrelated stories by different authors years or decades apart that have certain detail similarities because they're often rooted in similar 'established truths.'

Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite writers mainly because his stories often give an incredible sense of location. He'll live in these cities for a while, staying in other people's homes while he writes even just a small part of a book, and actually get to know the place first hand in order to include details you might see or experience if you were to actually go there. I've read several books, as well, where credit and thanks were given by name to police officers, lawyers, doctors, etc who worked with the author to supply input from their careers to help with accuracy on things the writer wanted to include for even bit parts.

Deeper books take a lot of time to develop. Look at Game of Thrones. There are supposed to be two more books in that series, but since the last book (#5?) was released, the author has helped start and complete the entire series in live action - I think they're about wrapped up shooting the final season, anyway. The first book was released in '96.

Straight Success 08-31-2018 10:20 AM

Exactly.

That's exactly what I'm going for. I'm telling you, people that enjoy fast cars, racing, action, suspense, philanthropy, true friendships, rare items, and REALITY, they're going to enjoy this book. It even briefly explores the very bottom of slums to the wealthy enjoying themselves on the weekends.

Living in California for approximately two years helped bring some parts of it alive as well.

Straight Success 09-02-2018 08:39 PM

Chapter 7 is now completed.
 
I just finished chapter 7. The way I initially outlined the story, it only contained 9 chapters. Now I only have two more to go. As of now, I'm 54,912 words in. It's 85 pages long now which equates to about 201 manuscript. I'm ballparking the final word count to be about 67,000 before editing and proofing. Then we'll see what happens from there. Time will tell.

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Straight Success 09-14-2018 07:38 PM

Update!!!
 
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I'm entering the home stretch. I'm about 93% complete.:bouncy:

F22Chris 09-15-2018 06:39 PM

Little Rascals and Scarface you say? Take my money.

Straight Success 09-16-2018 02:35 AM

Sure did. This thing is action packed. I promise you. I just recahed 71,700 words, and it's about 98% complete. I'm closing it out now. Hopefully it'll be done by tonight (Sunday).

Next I'll be spending some time fine tuning it. You know, editing/proofing/grammar/tense/time/place... :bouncy:

Straight Success 09-17-2018 12:50 AM

...and we've finally finsihed it. :bouncy: Time to go back and read/comb through/solidify the writing.

Yeah!

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sonikaccord 09-17-2018 07:37 AM

Congrats!! Time for the fun part.

Straight Success 09-17-2018 04:50 PM

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Originally Posted by sonikaccord (Post 3285379)
Congrats!! Time for the fun part.

Yup, that it is. I've went back and started to proof it already from the very begining. I have the first page and a half in the bag.

Straight Success 09-30-2018 09:20 AM

The editing process is coming along real smoothly like! :bouncy:

Straight Success 10-04-2018 10:54 AM

Hopefully I can get it sent out to be copy written by the EOM.

Straight Success 10-15-2018 11:11 AM

...and just like that, off to copyright.

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Straight Success 12-18-2018 08:15 AM

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sonikaccord 12-18-2018 10:09 AM

Ahhhh. Red pen, not-so-fond memories of school.

Straight Success 12-18-2018 10:49 AM

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Originally Posted by sonikaccord (Post 3287008)
Ahhhh. Red pen, not-so-fond memories of school.

This is really real. I had to do this to my entire novel. Talking about a tedious processs - all 122 pages or 78,000 words. Now, I'm typing all of these edits. It's a lot of work.

Straight Success 12-19-2018 07:58 AM

This is just a teaser to hopefully wet your appetite.

"...Before anyone could release their clutch, all six helmets turned in unison to see what was approaching from around the bend. To their surprise, they saw a Ferrari 488 Pista, a Corvette ZR-1, a Lotus Exige, a Tesla Roadster, a BMW 1M, a Mazda RX-7, and a pro-touring 1967 Chevy II speeding around the twin north bound freshly paved lanes. The Ferrari and Corvette were leading the pack, while the Chevy II was calmly following the pack a few car lengths behind. As the cars exited the apex of the curve a few feet from where breakfast had just been eaten, the only thing that could be heard was the ear gratifying concerto coming from the steel and titanium exhaust pipes of those magnificently engineered machines. The soothing off pitched hum from the exhaust made the fluid in the six motorcyclists’ spinal cavities resonate sending a chilling yet soothing sensation throughout their bodies. The moment was so powerful and raw as the cars accelerated towards the exit marker, it made each person's body slightly pitch forward onto their toes in a slow climaxing gesture. The sound continued to carry on through the winding road as the cars moved away from the six motorcyclists.

What seemed like a millisecond later, small rocks and dust could be seen thrown into the air from the 200/55ZR17 Metzler Racetec RR mounted on the rear wheel of the Aprilia RSV4...."

CyborgGT 12-19-2018 01:38 PM

Are you having a professional editor tackle it after you've done your revisions? Just curious, I'm not sure if that's actually required or just recommended when going public with a book. It's just that to me, the choice and amount of metaphor is blurring the lines between Need for Speed and Fifty Shades of Grey. It makes for an odd combination, but then again, without having read everything leading up to that paragraph, I can't exactly tell how the story is styled.


And not to be that guy, but since writing is the topic at hand... it's "whet." :D

Straight Success 12-19-2018 02:11 PM

Definitely. I have a professional editor on deck who will be receiving it after I'm finish typing my red pen edits.

I don't have a background in Literature/English/Writing/Editing. Mine is in engineering, and I know my lane. I know when I need to get a professional to polish something I have no expertise in. I learned many of the basics from the three English classes I had to take in college, but how often do I excercise what I learned oh so long ago on a novel level?

Nevertheless, thanks for the open and honest feedback.

sonikaccord 12-19-2018 03:12 PM

1M or M1??

I feel like this book is going to smell like catless exhaust fumes and gear oil. Keep it coming!

Straight Success 12-19-2018 04:08 PM

The 1M. The little light guy that's hard to find.

Aside from the cars and bikes, there's some everyday real world sh!t addressed which is stuffed between the front and back covers. A good read for anyone who has ever had to work a 9-5, 3-11, 11-7, or had to earn a dollar by any means necessary.

Grumpys93 12-19-2018 07:39 PM

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Originally Posted by CyborgGT (Post 3287028)
Are you having a professional editor tackle it after you've done your revisions? Just curious, I'm not sure if that's actually required or just recommended when going public with a book. It's just that to me, the choice and amount of metaphor is blurring the lines between Need for Speed and Fifty Shades of Grey. It makes for an odd combination, but then again, without having read everything leading up to that paragraph, I can't exactly tell how the story is styled.


And not to be that guy, but since writing is the topic at hand... it's "whet." :D

I agree with you. The metaphors are a little overwhelming. It doesn’t allow me to put myself in the scene because every feeling is being described that I can’t enough of the moment for myself. I think if the line where everyone is in a climaxing gesture was dropped it would be more appealing. Also I don’t think listing the tire size is necessary as it is just more information that I can’t use to paint my own picture when reading your book.


With that said, I am excited to read your book when it is released to the public and it does sounds like a kick ass car book. Looking forward to more!

Straight Success 12-19-2018 08:35 PM

Interesting. I thought the author was supposed to paint a clear picture for the audience.

I'll definitely keep this advice in mind. My editor is a professional author/publisher, so I'm sure I'll get a lot of additional feedback.

I never knew something could be too decsriptive. BTW, I've been getting a lot of feedback from people of many different walks of life, and it's not the same at all. Some is really good, and it's some which could possibly be changed. This is an ongoing process until it's polished where it needs to be. :tu:

Oh, and BTW, it's not primarily a car book - actually a little ways off. Do you understand the significance of the tire size on the Aprilia RSV4?

Rilas 12-20-2018 12:01 AM

I have no idea what the tire size on any of the vehicles matters when reading a fictional book. Nor do I have a clue what a Aprilia RSV4 is. When buying tires for my car I absolutely care. Just some feedback Anthony. Also I agree with Nick on the above. Being a bit too descriptive, gotta leave some room for the readers to paint our own mental pictures.

Straight Success 12-20-2018 07:35 AM

The advice is very well noted. ;) I'll even send the comments to my editor, and I'm guessing I'll be asked why it is imporatant or unimportant. Ehhh, well see how much needs to change. It's a tedious process.

When I read, and there's something I don't understand or know the meaning of, I look it up. I guess we all do, right?

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http://news.cyclecityltd.com/blog/wp...4rfw_latdx.jpg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNtnkeDcAUU

There ya go. ;)

Grumpys93 12-20-2018 08:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Straight Success (Post 3287052)
Interesting. I thought the author was supposed to paint a clear picture for the audience.

I'll definitely keep this advice in mind. My editor is a professional author/publisher, so I'm sure I'll get a lot of additional feedback.

I never knew something could be too decsriptive. BTW, I've been getting a lot of feedback from people of many different walks of life, and it's not the same at all. Some is really good, and it's some which could possibly be changed. This is an ongoing process until it's polished where it needs to be. :tu:

Oh, and BTW, it's not primarily a car book - actually a little ways off. Do you understand the significance of the tire size on the Aprilia RSV4?

Hey Anthony, didnít mean to upset you, no I do not know the signifance behind the tire size and most people who read it probably wonít, unless your writing to a specific nitche of people. Also I didnít mean a full on car book. I should have be more clear. My understand of your book is kind of like a fast furious style. But we havenít been given a plot yet, like you read on the back of the book, so Iím going off what Iím told.

Straight Success 12-20-2018 09:19 AM

I'm not upset at all.

I haven't wrote the synopsis yet, but to give you an overview, it's about a group of people living everyday real life struggles, everyday ups and downs, and there's an agenda to better something for people who live in today's world. There's good and bad, problems and solutions, happy and sad, action and history, sex and love, etc. There's a piece for everyone to enjoy. The cars and motorcycles add to the excitement.

It's based on realistic fiction.

sonikaccord 12-20-2018 11:09 AM

I'm not in the bike scene, but I know a size 200 series on a bike is something serious!! I also Googled the RSV4 when I initially read the excerpt. pretty nice piece of machinery there.

The wordplay is definitely heavy, but I wouldn't say excessive. It doesn't feel like you're trying to hard to be descriptive. Yes there is some redundancy, ( the word soothing used twice fairly close to each other) but It's a first run. He's not a career novelist.

Straight Success 12-20-2018 11:40 AM

That is correct. Up until this year, a 200/55 was the largest tire with the biggest contact patch you could get for a sportsbike in its normal state. There is only one company, Pirelli, who now has a 200/60 for the street and it just popped up in 2018.

I see the redundnacy, and that's where my editor makes it all work together and shine. My red pen job was to check for tense, spelling, grammar, story flow, etc. If I was checking a 3D model and a 2D drawing/blueprint, then I'd be spot on. ;)

The little things I missed which you all are picking up on is something my editor will also bring to light. Keep the feedback comming. I know it's a short paragraph, but whatever it takes to get it to where people are super satisfied as readers/consumers.

BTW, this is no easy feat.

F22Chris 12-20-2018 07:43 PM

While I think itís a bit too much, I can gather the picture. Imagine a book full of ďThat boy was giving it full throttle, spittiní hot rubber off his meaty ass tires tattooing every spectators face on the bend.Ē While yes Iíd read that, itíll sound super ignorant the whole time :lol:

Regardless of the end product, I will buy it and read it to support you. Also guys.. 200mm is like 7.8ish inches wide. Thatís huge for a bike.


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