Making Progress…Slowly

The deadline for the anthology story is 3rd July, which gives me a week. Hmmm. Can I do it?

Spending the better part of the last week procrastinating over what changes have to be made hasn’t helped in the slightest. Even though I wasn’t feeling 100% for a few days, and I believe that lead me to worrying about things that I wouldn’t usually give a second thought, I think I’ve left this edit to the last minute. This is not a good habit to fall into.

Last night, I pushed myself into opening the document and forced myself to start going through the first scene. The essense of the story hasn’t change but I feel the main character has more depth. And…I found a natural way to get the gender across without it feeling forced and contrived, so I was pleased with that.

Today, I will attempt to do the same with the second scene. There’s a lot of dialogue in this scene and one of the things that all the critters said was that my main character sounded too educated. So my aim in this scene is to pick words that sound educated for one character, and simple words for the other one. Should be interesting. Meanwhile, I’m trying to use stronger descriptive words too. This isn’t as easy as it sounds and as the story is told in first person, it doesn’t allow for a lot of play because it’s this character that the critters felt sounded to educated.

Once this scene has been completed, I’ll be two thirds of the way through the edit. So yes, I think I will make it.

Anthology Deadline

The next anthology deadline is in ten days so I have to put the novel planning to one side (which is mostly finished anyway) and go into edit mode instead.

During the last workshop (in May) I received three in-depth critiques. The comments varied from one end of the scale to the other, but it’s important for an author to hold on to their own style. One of the crits I received was trying to change that and I will ignore those comments. However, the critter did point out two things that could be vastly improved and might even come under the heading of “plot holes”, so I’ll look at changing those.

All comments/suggestions received during a critique should be considered. The critter is a reader and the whole point of receiving critiques is to find the weak spots of the story. What makes perfect sense to the author, might not make perfect sense to the reader. If this is the case, the author needs to clarify what’s happening.

As I mentioned earlier, I have ten days to do this edit. I don’t see this as being a problem and should have the edit finished by the end of the weekend.

Update on Planning

You are probably sick of hearing about this, but I’m happy to announce that my planning is going extremely well. My goal was to complete this task by the 19th – I have two days to go – and I’m almost there.

All I have to do is rewrite my one page synopsis. The original was quite poor but since I’ve managed to fill in many of those holes, this rewrite will be a vast improvement.

My next goal is to rewrite/edit my anthology story by the end of the month.

Getting Back On Track

The end of the month is fast approaching, and it’s time for me to make a decision. I listed my options on 12th May. They were:

1) Work on my Sam novel. This is a young adult fantasy novel.

2) Continue with the collaborative novel. Chapter 20 has been completed, which is a stones throw from the climax.

3) Plot out Book 2 in the trilogy. I know what the story will be about and several chapters have been written but it needs a thorough overhaul.

4) Write some more short stories until the edited verson of Book 1 comes back.

However, I have another option to add to this list.

5) Continue on with a romance manuscript that I started a few years ago.

Here are my thoughts on the above. It’s always encouraging to have options, it means I won’t be drying up (running out of things to do) any time soon. However, there are only so many hours in a day and since I work full time and do have a family, my time is limited. I want to use my time wisely.

Options 1, 4 and 5 can wait. Besides, with number 4 I might find time at work to write a short story.

Option 2 is so close to being finished that I feel I should take this option but the climax of this story is a huge battle scene that I’m actually fearful of writing (my collaborative partner was going to write this scene but has since decided to give up writing). I should tackle it but I know I will procrastinate in a big way with this one.

Option 3 is my preference but I really would prefer to wait for the comments from the editor on book 1 before I move on to the second installment.

So…this shows clearly which option I should take. Am I able to write that battle scene? That’s the big question!

Writing Update

It’s been a while since I mentioned anything to do with my own writing and I guess you’re wondering what’s going on.

As I reported a week or so ago, I’ve finished the rewrite of Book 1 in my triology and that has been sent off to the editor for a work over. I don’t expect to get anything back for a few weeks, at least, perhaps even longer. I know he’s extremely busy at the moment.

There are other projects I could go on with but May is a busy month where the 2005 anthology is concerned. The first workshop is in progress and I have four stories to read and crit by the end of the month. This doesn’t sound difficult but I’m a very slow reader and I want to give a detailed crit, so it does take many hours to do each crit each week.

What will I do when I’ve done them?

There are several options:

1) Work on my Sam novel. This is a young adult fantasy novel.

2) Continue with the collaborative novel. Chapter 20 has been completed, which is a stones throw from the climax.

3) Plot out Book 2 in the trilogy. I know what the story will be about and several chapters have been written but it needs a thorough overhaul.

4) Write some more short stories until the edited verson of Book 1 comes back.

Hmmm…I’m not sure what I’ll do. I need to give it more thought.

First Draft

Today I completed the first draft of my 2005 anthology story. Even though I call it a first draft, it’s a good, clean copy which I feel pleased with. I have to admit that I wrote the entire story during work hours but each and every scene has been thought through a thousand times. I also wrote each scene slowly, going over the details again and again.

It turned out to be 6,000 words exactly – so there’s room to move if I need to add to it. I’ve just printed it out. I’ll put the copy away for a week or so and then I’ll read through it and make alterations (if required).

I’m feeling pleased with myself. 🙂

Anthology Story

I have until the end of April to write this story – and I have to use a theme of “winter”.

My original story ended up being far to complicated for a short story so I have a detailed plan for another novel put to one side. Yay!

However, this new short came together quickly and I’ve already written the first 4500 words and another 1000 words for the ending. Now, I just have to do about 1000 words to join the two pieces. I know what has to happen but I’m having trouble putting it down. I hate it when this happens. It’s not writers block because the scene is there. So what is it?

I might have to write this scene one sentence at a time – at each sitting – just to get it on paper and then I can spend more time than usual fixing it up. At least I have plenty of time to do it.

Update: Anthology Story

Today, I really got into the groove with this story and wrote 1467 words. It happened easily and quick, and I felt proud of myself when I realised what I’d done.

And to top it off, it hardly needed any editing! Once the story is finished, I’ll give it a proper line edit but for a first draft I’ve done especially well. I wish all writing days could be this good.