I’ve decided to workshop the books—I need another set of eyes on these besides my own and my mom. So I joined a local writer’s group about a week and a half ago. So far—if nothing else—I’ve learned to be humble. I’m not sure if it’ll improve the books, but I’m willing to try. I can’t afford a high price editor, or copy editor, so I’m doing it all myself.
I’ll try and post up how it goes. But right now—between this new job and writing—I barely have time to even be social. On Wednesday I found a local Creative Writing Course for a good price. We’ll see.
I’m still here. Got a great freelance job that took up all my time—and it paid some bills that were stalking me. Can’t write if I can’t see with no lights.
I’m still following that plan I bogarted from Rachel Aaron, which of course is what’s keeping the release of the full book from happening. I had a long skype conversation with another author Saturday night. She’s been pretty successful at this and said the key for her was to have books finished. Not just start with one and then wait months for the next. But have say 2 to 3 books finished in the series.
I’m not sure I’ll finish all three of the books, but since book 2 is already plotted and ready, I’m thinking once this book’s finished and ready to go, I’ll start on book 2 using Mrs Aaron’s “10,000 Words A Day.”
I’ll see how it goes. So far what’s happened is a short story that got spun up.
After combining up the 5 parts of HalfLight, a friend sent me a direct tweet with a link. “Check this out.”
The link lead me to the page of Rachel Aaron. The title of the post immediately caught my attention:
Editing For People Who Hate Editing.
That’s me! I absolutely hate it. I love writing. But I just can’t stand editing at all. So I read it. And I went…ugh. Too much work. But as the day went on and I stared at the full book of HalfLight, I went back to the post and wrote down the steps she uses in her writing.
Now, I’m very aware that editing is a personal thing—just like writing is. And that what works for me or for her, isn’t necessarily what’ll work for anyone else.But I’m willing to learn from others.
1. Book Map – Sort of like a short list of each chapter’s synopsis. Since I use Scrivener, I just used it to give me a list of the synopsis that I’d added to each chapter.
2. Timeline – wow…why didn’t I think of that?
3. To Do List – o.O
So… I took all of yesterday and went through this book. My diagnosis?
This thing needs work. The Book Map showed me a dis-proportionate attention to chapter significance- IE I got a lot of yawners. And not enough character development.
The Timeline just…it showed me I needed more of a sense of a countdown. An end result. You know…a climax?
And the To Do List? It’s 3 pages of a legal size notebook. So…I’m going to take this information and work on this book again. And maybe… it’ll be a better read!
Oh, and I think I’m gonna try her suggestions for increasing word count….