It was supposed to be a light edit, I swear! And then I saw the plot hole.
Thankfully, it only requires rewriting one chapter and adding a few small edits in neighbouring chapters. So, in the long history of plot hole patching… not so bad! Then I can get back to that light edit… ahem.
The funny thing is that – yet again – this chapter has bothered me for a while. I’ve learnt that as a rule, if a passage or chapter bugs me over time, then it’s hiding a problem I just haven’t seen yet. Normally I look hard at those ones. In this case it was a bit of misdirection, because I thought the problem was something out entirely. Something I didn’t feel justified a rewrite.
Now I’m going to fix both issues!
Will l get the rewrite done before midnight heralds the start of the new year? Maybe… we’ll see.
Whether I do or not, I have a big hopes for productivity in 2022. With two novellas and three novels almost done, and two actually done, it should be the year I start exploring the publishing process. I also have a trilogy/quartet that I’d love to flesh out this year if there’s time. Wish me luck!
Hope the world has a better year this year to come, with more certainty and reasons to celebrate. Happy New Year everyone.
Where did 2021 go? No, really, I want to know! Last time I looked up it was like… July. Now it’s xmas! Weeeeiird. But living in one of the most locked-down cities in the world thanks to the Delta-ness, seems to have done very strange things to time. But, I’ll be honest, it could just be All The Editing!
Yes, it’s been another big editing year this year. Though daemon managed to sneak another new-novel-scratch draft in. Of course he did. But we’ve mostly focussed on All The Editing, which has occasionally in fact been re-writing masquerading as editing. Because this also happens.
I’m about to start rewriting about 2/3s of N2. Yes the novellas are still proving to be the hardest things to get done! Pesky little… ahem. Like, they haven’t even gone out for beta reading yet! Gah! But it’s all part of the process.
Currently doing another light edit on Indestructible so it can go to beta readers, so that’s exciting. I’m irrationally fond of this book.
The next big edit – based on beta reader feedback earlier this year – is PAR. Yep, the post apoc romance is getting a minor makeover. Hopefully it won’t be as trying as the novellas. I live in hope.
So, 2022 is looking like the year I’ll finally have space to get Gun Runner and it’s friend up to full drafts and maybe start something else new. And get my head back into a self-pub space, because that’s what all this hard work is ultimately for!
Like most authors I use beta readers to figure out what I can improve in my novels. Lots of friends, family and colleagues have been kind enough to give me their reading time and then to answer my probing questions.
My favourite moments as a writer are of course the ones where someone really enjoys something I’ve written. That’s always lovely.
What’s interesting to me, as I’ve done this more times, is the surest sign someone has gotten super engaged with the world and characters, is when they mention a sequel. Whether they’re asking for one, or assuming there’ll be one, it’s a really nice proof of their enjoyment.
Of course, I’ve had to break a few hearts by saying no to the sequel idea. Though I did say that with Blurty and yet my reader’s enthusiasm did eventually led to Blurty’s Sister, so probably best to take a ‘never say never’ approach!
Remember how, last year, I wrote a new novel? Well, as I mentioned in the last post, work on a companion to it had begun. Daemon was so pleased to be doing something other than editing, that he’s really buckled down this time and we’ve managed to complete the draft in about three weeks!
I’m surprised too.
There was a co-incidental three days off work which helped, as I’ve managed 30K in 5 days. Which isn’t super fast when I can sit down with no distractions, but nothing to sniff at either.
The one thing that all my various novels have proven is that I write about 700-800 words an hour (I’ve said this before) and even on days where I hit 1,000 you can still average it back down to that range. It’s nice to be predictable / consistent!
So, how did friend-of-gun-runner shape up? I really like the story. Again, like gun runner, there’s a lack of world-building because we (gives the writing daemon side-eye) still haven’t quite decided where it’s set. I think we’re closer to deciding that now.
I also like that we have the same protag in two different stages of his life. That’s kind of fun, and it actually got me thinking that maybe there’s another novel or two that would show other points. We’ll see. I have a lot of other worlds in my head clamoring for attention!
It did prove the point that I should think more carefully about how I name current WIPs when drafting. This one – because I wasn’t 100% sure it had legs – got called ‘snippet’ in the original document. Of course, now that has stuck. So despite the fact it’s over 50K, it is still called Snippet. <insert eye-roll>
Getting both gun runner and snippet up to full 1st drafts is going to be interesting. I’m not sure daemon has realised that by not giving me the world, he’s set the scene for a major edit-fest to come.
So… that was a looooooong bloggy break. Um… yeah.
What’s been happening in the first half of this year has been a lot of re-writing on my novellas, the next edit on Indestructible and a thorough proofing of the post apoc romance, ahead of it going out to beta readers. So, you know, a bit! Just not blogging, apparently.
Of course the usual question after such a lot of editing and re-writing is: Are we sick of it yet? Itching to write something new maybe?
Writing daemon and I have, it must be said, struggled with the novellas. Apparently re-writing them has been about as much fun as kicking your little toe into a chair leg! Yep. But the other editing has been fine. (What is it with these novellas, huh?)
Does daemon want to write something new? Yes, absolutely. He has, in typical daemon fashion, been “writing” things in my head and avoiding the permanent record part of the equation all together. Always helpful! There are rumblings though that might be a new book. Probably in the same world as the one from last October.
I say “world” but that book seems to be set in a version of Scotland. Possibly on another planet. That’s apparently a location choice we’re reluctant to make yet. Though, if there’s going to be a sequel/prequel/same world project, it might be nice if daemon would decide…
The weird thing about this year, so far, is that it feels about three times more productive than last year. Except I don’t think 2020 was nearly as unproductive as it seemed. My brain might just be trying to blame the pandemic for stuff! Seems fair.
So not a lot of editing has been happening as the year has transitioned. Why? Well, apparently the writing daemon was hungry for narrative! When this happens we watch TV and movies and that’s mostly what’s been happening in recent weeks.
Have I watched anything awesome? Can’t say that I have, though I stumbled on a Canadian crime show called “Intelligence” from some years ago and enjoyed that. Otherwise it’s all been a bit dull. However the writing daemon hasn’t minded one bit. He’s just been enjoying everyone else’s writing and characters.
Thankfully this hasn’t (so far) led to any new novels. That does happen sometimes when we glutton on shows, but the novella thinking has been going on in the background as I gear up for an unexpected (was it really? hmm) rewrite.
Things have been quiet on the writing front for a few months, with me just picking at my novella 2 edits and enjoying many non-writing activities. Like I said in my last post, blogging has been a struggle this year, but I feel like things are getting back on track. Probably because it’s almost xmas and that means time off work after what feels (to everyone I think) like a very, very loooooooong year.
On the novella front, N2 is looking like an easier edit than N1 turned out to be (and I’m still refusing to acknowledge N3 even though it’s now pretty good in the current draft). My niggling length issue which I may or may not have mentioned here – novellas with a Goldilocks problem – seems to be working out fine which is a big relief. Now I’m even wondering if I was stressing about that too much… We’ll see.
Of course, following on from the bonanza of 2019 this year was always going to feel unproductive to an extent. Though “unproductive” is a bit harsh. I’ve edited Indestructible twice through, plus the novellas, so that’s about 280K worth of editing, and wrote the scratch draft of a whole new novel. Not bad for a weird, disrupted year.
Now I just have to convince daemon that he should finish editing the novellas before we start anything new. Yeah, because he ever listens to me!
I don’t know why 2020 is the year I’m struggling the most to blog, but I suspect it’s because I’m working from home. This means I spend all day in front of a computer and don’t really want to spend time on one afterwards. Well, except for writing novels. And a little editing.
There have also been a lot of distractions in the form of a housemate and being at home (good ol’ iso) to focus the mind on all the hobbies. Weaving. Nail art. Drawing. Dancing to silly videos… it’s all been happening!
But I’m keen to get a lot more editing done before this strange year comes to a close… I’ve missed all the goals I was looking to hit, but I think that’s true of a lot of people!! Besides, I wrote a whole new novel – unexpectedly – and have gotten a lot of editing in (just not on the “core” projects).
So, as October ticks over into November, I’m going to set a goal to finish editing novella 2 before xmas. I think that’s doable. The hobbies might need to take a back seat for a few weeks…
The Gun Runner (or Fun Runner depending on the day!) has been a novel of surprises. Pure panster all the way, of course. So, just to fit in one more surprise for me, it has ended about two chapters earlier than I expected. Yep.
The good news is that it is now done!!! Yep at a solid 64K, which will expand once I’ve figured out where the hell it’s set and actually add setting, worldbuilding and description… ahem.
But now there is the question of which editing project will we head for now the new novel is drafted…? It should be novella 2. Should be. Daemon has been itching to take a peek back at Blurty’s Sister as we haven’t really read it since we wrote the draft last year! We’ll see…
In somewhat typical new novel fashion, the latest WIP began big, went strong and then… slooooooowwed. Because there’s just no reason to get the last three or so chapters written, right? Hmm.
I think the truth is that writing daemon strained a wing with all the gleeful flying around he was doing. That’s my theory.
On the upside of the nearly completed draft, I still like it and I think it’ll shape up nicely. The reason it’ll need to develop a bit after this draft zero, is that it hasn’t decided where it’s set yet! Weird, I know, but there are two options and it is sitting on the fence between the two right now.
Which is also mildly hilarious to read, but not in a way anyone else would find funny.
Not that I’m complaining. Until these last few chapters it was flowing out my finger tips at a nice rate and it has reached a princely 59K at the current point. I’m expecting it to get a lot plumper once I add the required world building for whichever setting daemon and I finally choose.
The best part of writing it so far, though, was a typo. My working title for it is “gun runner”, but that amusingly became “fun runner”! Yes, I’m still chuckling.