The idea for alien life coming out of the Ross 128 dwarf star system came from a selection of various "Supposes" during the story generating sessions of my Novel Writing Course held at Carleton University starting in September, 2017. Earlier that summer, some unknown signals were heard at the Large Array in Arecibo and initially, the researchers thought they could be alien. This was later disproved, but the idea stuck with me: what if we did hear intelligent life among the stars? What would we do?
Thus, the idea for an alien distress call was born and it evolved from there, centering on the debate between whether we would initiate contact the aliens or hide from them.
I planned the novel out in September and began writing it in October. By the end of December, I completed the first draft of 80,000 words. I am now going through the first revision, cleaning up the following: grammar and spelling, use of pronouns (way too many), eliminating the use of the same words over and over again in the same paragraphs, changing sentence length to keep the text interesting, and basically tweaking other structural matters. Once this is done, I'll do another revision on it where I'll focus on building more texture around it where needed. At this point, I'll ask beta readers to review it, revise again if necessary, and then submit to my editor for the final revision.
It's a lengthy process, but one that is completely necessary in order to have a high quality book in the market.
In this blog, I'll be tracking my progress and outlining some of the emotions, obstacles and wins I encounter along the way so that you, as a writer, can understand my experience and use whatever you can from it to help you in your writing and publishing journey.