I just finished the last 10 pages of this novella. It just seemed to go on and on 😦 At 25,000 words it’s not that long, but I’m impatient and with my goal of 10 books by the age of 30, I need to push myself.
Even now as I look back to my first book Feet or Fins, I did like 14 or 15 whole manuscript edits. It was twice as long and I don’t think I was this fussy about the whole process.
know first drafts are supposed to be terrible, but I was thinking that I was getting a lot better at writing because of how much I have progressed. I’m just wondering how many more times I’m going to have to go over this story.
OMG. I just finished the third draft of this novella 🙂 I sat down at 8am and am only now finished it. Eleven hours later! I did like 33 pages today 🙂 I am so pleased with myself. So far this book is just under 33,00 words and is a dystopian young adult. I think it might be ready at the beginning of the new year 🙂
For most of the day, I thought that it would be a write off. I only got four pages done before I had dinner. Before that, the most productive thing I had done was uninstall the Sims 3.
But then boom!
I zoomed through the next four pages, I came up with a decent plot add-in for my story and fixed that into the chapter I was up to. It is going to push the story forward a lot. It seems that late night is when I’m most productive.
I feel good about tomorrow’s work, I have had a major breakthrough 🙂 I think it has decent enough symbolism and a message. Here’s hoping to me having the first draft of this story done within a month 🙂
It just occurred to me that this is the most similar thing to a diary that I’ve kept. In the past, I’ve attempted trying to keep one but I just felt that it was a waste of my time. I felt that it wasn’t going anywhere for me. Even though people recommend that writers keep one. So anyway here was what I did with my day;
9am: start editing the Chloris. spent that time getting perpetually distracted by the internet.
watched a lot of youtube videos about writing and storytelling.
10:30pm: edited about 16 pages. I’m just at chapter nine. I feel that I didn’t do as much as I could have, even though some pages alone took twenty minutes to edit. For some reason when I hit no. seven the editing got easier (or I lowered my standards) 😦 I have another seven chapter to get through before I reach the end of what I’ve written. I think I might be only a quarter or third of the way through.
Yesterday I finished another edit of Jumpstart. It’s a prequel novelette for this sci-fi and paranormal adventure story I thought of some time earlier this year. I haven’t even worked out where the book will end or what the next one in the series will be about, but I’ll work it out later.
The series was going to be called Odine King’s Big Space Adventure, but I changed that a few days ago to the Tune Trilogy.
The premise revolves around a young woman who has the ability to communicate with spirits, hence the tune references (get it? Tune into the spiritual world). She is also fluent in a second alien language, Dalradian, that she uses as a means to escape her homeworld and go off into space for an adventure and employment prospects. She is employed as a private translator for a business ship that has the goal of setting up independent trade relations with the Dalradian race.
But her psychic abilities are growing and they alter her interactions will everyone. She has to decide what course of action she is going to take. Use it for her own gain and the gain of her employer or keep quiet and ignore it. But in the end, it might not matter.