It Started Like This…

by Mike Duran · 13 comments

First outline for The Telling, Spring 2010

First copy received, May 3, 2012

Today, I was surprised to receive my first actual print copy of The Telling. I tend to downplay such events, the perpetual wet blanket that I am. But holding the finalized, physical product reminded me how very hard, and very rewarding, this journey’s been. Anyway, I rummaged through some stuff until I located the very first outline I ever developed for the story (pictured above). It’s a patchwork of names and places and scenes, some of which remain, scrambled about in apparent incoherency. (Make sure to zoom in for full effect!) You’d think in an age of digital notebooks, cellphones, and PC’s that one needn’t scribble notes on a legal pad. But, hey, that’s how it fell out. Who woulda thought that from those ragged notes a novel would be born. Thank you, once again, to the folks at Charisma House for making this happen; to Debbie Marrie, Debra Moss, Alton Gansky, and all the wonderful people who have made this possible.  I’m forever indebted. Now I can hear my agent in my head encouraging me to stop and savor this moment. I think she’s right.

Linda May 3, 2012 at 7:47 PM

The name alone sounds intriguing. Can you give a little blurb about the book?

Mike Duran May 4, 2012 at 4:15 AM

Linda, you can find a more detailed description of The Telling HERE.

Nicole May 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Such a great cover, Mike.

Brandon Clements May 3, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Congrats Mike! Such a good feeling. Looking forward to checking it out.

R. L. Copple May 3, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Funny, Mike. I just read your agent’s blog post about savoring it before reading yours. lol.

Congrats and enjoy it!

Jessica Thomas May 4, 2012 at 5:37 AM

This is so exciting! It’s like Christmas x 10 (or more)!! Great job!

Tim Ward May 4, 2012 at 7:21 AM

Congratulations, Mike. Maybe sleep in tomorrow, you’ve earned it 😉

sally apokedak May 4, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Love that rough first outline. It’s wonderful to see what it becomes when you plug away a page at a time.

Good job!

xdpaul May 4, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Can’t go wrong with a crow.

Well, not unless you get on his bad side…

Congratulations, Mike! Will it be available at the same time electronically?

Mike Duran May 4, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Last year the publisher did not release the ebook right away. I haven’t heard yet it it will release simultaneously.

Aubrey Hansen May 4, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Awesome. Thanks so much for sharing the pictures – they are fascinating to see! CONGRATS many times over!

Skadi meic Beorh May 4, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Very cool to see your process. Makes me wish I had a scanner.

I have used outlines in the past, and I guess they still would work for me, but presently I use chapter titles and then write to them (somewhat) in stream of consciousness.

matt mikalatos May 8, 2012 at 6:47 AM

Congratulations, Mike!

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