I am still writing.

I have been gone for quite a bit! I remember saying I’d take a break during the holidays, but I never thought it would be so long. So many things came up. Here’s a quick list.

Writing

The novel

 

  • I got into serious editing for a few months and was writing several hours a day. It turns out revision is a completely different beast than the first draft. I was not prepared for how time consuming it was.
  • After getting several dozen critiques, I discovered a very serious flaw -infodump city. I was trying to cram three stories into a single story. World building is my primary goal with these stories and I realized that if I wanted detail and immersion, I’d have to stretch things out to give readers a gentler journey into this world. 
  • This is turning out to be a bit trickier than I thought. Most of the folk I know who made one story into three did so because their manuscript was too long. My manuscript was pretty lean and mean, so to make it into three stories, I needed to add content.
  •  I won’t go into full detail here, but when you’re stretching out a story to take a slower pace, its not just about chopping the story in three parts. I needed to ditch the infodumps, so I have to add several scenes to show the info, rather than explain it. So it’s like writing a new story.
  • Also, I want to make each individual story complete, rather than one story broken up into three parts. I worked on a different goal and theme for each one. This makes me tinker and rewrite scenes to match he new theme. I also had to move things out of sequence, and then rewrite the scenes around it to make for continuity.

As you can see, it’s a big tangled mess! I’m still learning it all as I go!

The bigger goals

When I first started writing this novel, I thought I could knock it out in a single year. I have many professional author friends who do this and they manage quite well. The story I’m working on isn’t that sort of deal. It’s one of those things I’ll need to work on for a few years to have it read the way I want it to. 
 
I want to get published and out in the public much sooner than that. So I’m not going to work full time on the novel. I’m going to be writing several short stories and flash fiction to submit to anthologies, periodicals and other venues. I’m also planning on getting into nonfiction. With my degree and professional experience and background, there are many subjects I can write about. 
 
And because I plan on working on several projects at once, I need to learn time management! I’m a very disorganized person, so this is tough for me. One of the reasons I stopped the blog was that I was working on revisions 8+ hours a day and was too worn out to work on anything else. So I need to learn to schedule my projects and work on everything in small bits of time instead of focusing on one project and neglecting everything else.
 

 

 

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