The next chapter of Werewolf run is on my iPad being edited. It was in first person POV and I felt that it was not going to work with the first part of the story. I am changing it to third person and fixing things that dont make sence from that POV. It is a bit of a challenge. I think it is a good challenge.
Working on trying to get another bit of work out for public consumption has had good effects on my writing. Good because it is forcing me to write BETTER. To go over every word, every letter, and make sure I do not sound like a complete newb.
Now I just need that deadline again.
How about this, I commit to putting up the next chapter of Werewolf Run: The Desert, by next weekend? That will give me this week to complete any editing I might need to finish and force my hand as far as getting it posted. I hope to be able to meet this challenge and win!
In other news, I have been trying to do the first read through of my NaNoWriMo novel.
So not happening.
I was high on writing and ready to go. Excited that I had finished a manuscript. I could not wait to get back into it and edit. Getting it ready for Beta Readers and other folks who have expressed interest. I wish I had more to offer. Every time I sit down to read this silly book I find myself distracted. Uhg!
Not that I don’t think the story is worth it! No, I think it is fun and the characters have so much potential but I just can’t seem to even force myself to read it right now. Maybe it needs more time. Everything is still pretty fresh in my head. I can read it and go “I know what happens next.” So, I am going to step back from this piece that is taking up valuable writing and thought time and put the energy into the next story.
I wanted to try and post every day but that just seems silly. Better to post when I have something intelligent to say.
Today’s intelligent post is….
As I have been learning and finding more things about writing and getting more involved in the community I come across some great things that are extremely helpful as a new writer. Seeing as this blog is all about the journey of a new writer, I want to share things with you.
While I am not a die hard You Tube Viewer like my husband, Barameitsu, I do occasionally come across something I feel is worth my time to watch. I do have an account and even taken the time to post a few videos of my own. But I digress, I have been following Geek and Sundry for a while now and have recently tuned in to Story Board (I linked the first episode) hosted by Patrick Rothfuss. I strongly recommend new writers check out the videos! Pat and various guest speakers talk shop about writing. It is helpful and fun. Pat does an excellent job as host.
(I am writing this from my iPad so not sure how to fix you all up with links to the videos. I will edit later on when I can get to my computer. I’ll also be sure to add links to Pat’s website as well.)
(Added the links to the videos and to Pat’s page.)
As I attempt to do the first read through of my NaNoWriMo novel, I have been researchong different ways to go about doing so.
I attended a webinar from James Scott Bell (JSB You can find his work at www.jamesscottbell.com ) that was excellent in giving points to make the first read through as successful as possible. He suggested to read like a reader for the first look. Print your book out and give it a cover (a different color paper with the Title in Bold center works for me). Nothing fancy just a way to trick your brain to read without editing.
I figure this gives you that chance to read your book in its ‘raw’ form. So you can see the great things you wrote during the Madness of November as well as the crap.
JSB also suggested to keep your notes to a ‘must’ and not go full edit until after the read. Just make simple marks on the margin to remind yourself during rewrite what you thought as a reader. JSB showed us marks he uses but I think using your own marks might help keep your groove while reading. Trying to remember what someone else uses for a “This is boring,” mark or a “What were you thinking here?” mark might be more trouble than it is worth. Find something that works for you but remember not to get carried away with edit the first time through.
Once you have things read from a reader POV then you will have a much easier time getting into the rewrite and fixing the plot holes and character flaws.
On a side note, I was able to help a fellow author today who was asking about Kickstarter. If you get the chance go check out Benjamin Wallace and his Dumb White Husband series of books. You can find Ben’s stuff at benjaminwallacebooks.com. Funny Stuff.
The Holidays are over and it is time to get back to work. (ok how many of us did not work over the holidays, raise your hand? You guys that raised your hands,go punch yourselves in the face. Just kidding. Sorta.)
I am really excited about this new year. I hope the rest of you are too. My journey to publication is taking the next step this month with figuring out how to get through the first read through and then learning how to edit.
I hope to find some great books on the subject of editing to review and share with everyone. If any of you know of a good tool for editing fiction leave a comment. Even if it is just your prefered method I would love to hear it!
Many people do New Year Resolutions. Mine is to post something here every day. A little piece of advice, things I learned about writing or just a quick funny message. Not to mention I have to add to Werewolf Run! (I am working on the next installment! Have no fear!)
Well, I hope that all of you had a safe and Happy New Year and I look forward to giving more amature advice on writing as I learn!