The Immortal's Guide is coming along well and as the deadline fast approaches, I'm inclined to step back and reflect on my journey writing The Dark World, how far I've come, and where The Immortal's Guide takes my characters, and the apparent (and not so apparent) themes that have undoubtedly sprouted up in the time of writing both books. I'll be frank, I had no clear direction or outline while writing The Dark World, and to be honest I thought I'd never create one, but for The Immortal's Guide, an outline of some sort had to be kept in mind. Themes became more apparent as the story went on, and characters, their ties became much more apparent as everything developed.

Still writing, I find myself quite busy with college and work as I mentioned in my previous post, but my love for the art has not waned in the least. I'm still writing, I'm still working, and I'm still moving to turn out the best work (to date) that I ever have.

I desire nothing less.

Keep your bite.

S.C./Sheron Parris

The Dark World: A Delacroix Novel

Deleting Work

I have a love/hate relationship with the infamous "delete everything, abort mission" stance we writers sometimes take in our work. When I was writing the first draft of my first book, I deleted almost everything I wrote (and lost whole chapters by accident, oops!), daily. But I made sure what came after said (mass) deletion was even greater than what was just there.We're not perfect, oh no, we're not. If we were our characters would all be billionaires with no problems and so would we! Conflict, strife...imperfection, perceived or otherwise is ultimately what makes us what we are, writers first, human beings second. If you're like me, you live to write, to create, to give metaphorical birth. All the human trappings of the world, are a clear and distracting second. They teach one how to write with spunk and anguish, oh yes, but they are mere distractions to the act of writing themselves. That is why I think it necessary to backspace, to delete, to erase. For as much as we create, we can surely destroy, no?