2nd short story draft done

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 🙂 witch2

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Editing update of The Cadetship

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.

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Massive edit ahead

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.

Currently, I’ve done 6 pages or 3%.

Edit of new short story

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.

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I’m cheap when it comes to my writing

I really am cheap, I could try and dress it up as frugal, but that would be wrong. If I can do something myself, write, edit and design, whatever, instead of pay someone else then I’m going to have a crack at it. But they’re professionals you say, they’ve got more experience and talent. Well, I say that they got there by practicing and working on their craft. Which is what I can do too.

I write in my spare time as both a form of entertainment and low expense hobby. I’ve been doing it seriously for at least five years now.

I edit all on my own stories. I have yet to hire a professional to do what I can do for free. And for the record, I’m a pretty decent self-editor. Turns out that editors are not some mystical being that all writers absolutely need. I’m also full of a crippling fear that drives me to be a bit of a perfectionist.

I source all my cover photos from stock websites. I spend hours mulling over what image I should buy because for the last few years I’ve been living with the aftereffects of having a budget and sticking to it. I die a little when I waste money now.

I do all the photoshopping/editing when it comes to my book covers. Here is where I admit that I do not have much experience with that skill. That is why I keep things simple. I pick an image that I think represents the story as a whole and I keep the text over it simple.