Just completed the 2nd draft of my newest short story. Also, I still haven’t decided on a title, but I’ve found some images that I might want to have as a cover. I’m not sure when this will be ready, maybe in a few months 🙂
I’m going to put this in KDP Select to see what happens as I’ve never done this for my books 🙂
I just did a edit of part one of my sci-fi book 🙂 I feel happy editing and going through the story. I’m really enjoying what I’ve written and I think this might be a really good book. This is what the editing looks like. It changed from red to blue when I opened to document. I don’t know why. Anyway I’m really happy 🙂
So far the part one events are pretty easy to remember and there are no plot holes or things like that. I hope that’s what the rest of the book is like. I think this might be my best story so far 🙂 Not to be bragging, but I have a good feeling about this one.
I just started the third draft of my longest story yet. It’s 200 pages or 124,000 words long! I wrote this story in late 2016, did the second edit in mid-2017 and now here I am again. I remember that I really loved writing this book. I had a rough outline in my head and mostly knew where it was heading, but I pantsed the entire writing process. Which is strange, because I mostly plan my other books to some degree.
I think it was a good thing that I did it this way because it created a sense of urgency to write before I forgot. I was also writing about 2,000 words a day around my splits shifts. Morning, lunch and night. It was a massive achievement to get something like this done because all my other writing marathons have always been under 50,000, most averaging around 30,000.
The split shifts helped because I’d write for a few hours and then go to work and it’d make me plan out what would happen next. Though the process is not without fault. One of the minor characters seems to have gone missing with no explanation. And the main character is a bit unrealistic. Eekk, my bad. I’ll have to work something out.
I managed to get a draft of my next short story done today 🙂 It’s only 6,500 words, but when I first started editing it was all red. It made wonder if it was going to be all like that. So for my sanity, I changed it up a bit. I decided to edit it backwards. Doing the last chapter first and so forth. I’ve never done that before and it was fun. I had to wrap my head around jolting out of the story. But I think it was a good edit. The title isn’t set in stone yet, but the one I’m working with is doing fine.
This is what the story looks like with tract changes 🙂 Some parts needed a lot of work and others, which turned out to be dialogue, not so much.
Currently, I’m a minimalist and it has come about after years of living a poor uni student lifestyle on Youth Allowance and then afterward I was on either the doll or when working I was saving as much money as possible so I could get my UK visa. I left Australia with only a large suitcase and backpack.
Then when I was in the UK I was fortunate to get a flat with my husband that had furniture supplied. WIN! I’ve grown accustomed to not having a flashy lifestyle, in fact, I think I’ve got a good thing going. I don’t drink alcohol (it tastes nasty and in Australia, its expensive as fuk) and I’m a pretty quiet person (husband recently said I was a lone wolf). I don’t need that much to live on. So having a simple waitressing job is enough for me to financially support myself.
In terms of writing, I agree with the writing advice that say to remove all superfluous words or use only one word if it gets the message across. I had a friend who mentioned something along the lines of that every word I wrote had a place or that there were no unnecessary words. And I was like, yes, that is what I want in terms of my writing.
Why have a hundred words when only fifty will do just as fine? Yeah, it might mean my stories are in the novella range, but I don’t want to be wasteful. If I can write my stories with fewer words then I will.