Confessions

Good morning internet. It has been over a month since my last confession I mean post. If all I had was writing, this would be unforgivable, but because I’m me I have non-writing commitments which also needed to be tended to. But now I’m back, and just in time.

July and August are being set aside to finish editing the book which will see publication this year. I’ll also be using this time to arrange a venue for a book launch in Vancouver and confirm with my Mother about one in Saskatoon at the same time (roughly).

The thing that gets me when I’m reading my dad’s work is that I begin to analyse it. It’s one thing to analyse a writer’s work and it’s an entirely different thing when you are analysing someone’s work who you knew very well. You begin to think about what they were thinking as they were committing the words to the page. How they felt, physically and mentally. How they perceived their roles in life and how they interacted with their friends and family. Please note, that while I do all of this, I still am able to enjoy the story for what it is. Entertainment. I merely get much more out of it than most people do.

This also reminds me that I need to go to the store to pick up paper, a black ink cartridge and a red pen….

In Order to Catch a Story, You have to Think Like a Writer

The first thing I’m doing right now is reading over the novel that was in the process of editing. Not making notes or anything like that. Just reading. I really like the story and I’m finding myself getting very drawn in to it. But as I do, I begin second-guessing myself.

“Is this really good or do I just think that because I love my dad and I would think that anything he wrote was good?”

“No, he’s written some bad stories before and I’ve recognised them as such”

“What if I can’t recognise bad writing?”

“What if I’m not as good at writing as he was?”

But then the story grabs me again and I put the worries aside as I read.

Like my dad, I’ve always loved to tell stories, however, I chose a different way to tell them. I chose sequential art as my storytelling medium. Now I need to put aside the artwork and begin to think more like a writer. In the end, I’m sure that this will also help me in my work. Think like a writer and catch the story.

Endings and Beginnings

So before my father’s death, he was in the process of working with a publisher to get his latest novel published. They were in the middle of editing. Now that he is gone, it’s up to me to make sure that the editing process is complete and that the novel gets published. This is the biggest hurdle. Getting the first novel published. As a writer, once your first novel is published it is both easier and harder to get more published. With your first book being published, you have proven that your work is worthy of publication and theoretically, it should be easier to get the next book published. That is unless more is expected of you.

As a child inheriting her father’s work all I know is that I can look at his work and possibly improve what I can so that it can be published. I am of the belief that you can fix most stories and make them publishable, even if it comes down to rewriting the story from the ground up.

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Please note: because this is a journal/ process blog there may be half finished entries like this one. Because you, the audience, get to have the thoughts and feelings as they happen in an effort to keep this blog realistic. AKA: they aren’t all gems.

Introductions, Explanations and Excuses

Hello, my name is Beth Wagner.

I am an artist and comic creator. My father, JP Wagner, was a writer. He had been writing all of his life and aside from having various articles publishing in various newspapers, he wrote many novels. The unfortunate thing about the novels is that none of them were published in his lifetime. The last words he spoke to me was to have me promise to protect his books and to represent him and his works.

This website is the work log which is dedicated to just that. Representing my father’s works and writing. You could call it a tribute page but really, this website will be a process blog as I edit his work and talk about the books that I am editing and getting ready for publication. There may also be some anecdotes as well depending on how everything evolves.