Third week tucked into my belt for this year’s authorial challenge, Breaking the Author!
I was sick for most of this week, and unlike last year when I was sick, I didn’t force myself to complete daily goals to the detriment of my health. So while I had a couple extra things early in the week I was hoping to get around to, I just didn’t have the health for it this week.
The goals I wanted to achieve were thus:
- Finish first-pass edits on Shapes 1. – Completed this Tuesday night.
- Plot out Shapes 2 with a rough outline. – Completed this Friday night.
- Start line edits on Shapes 1. – Did not even begin this.
- Edit “Shibboleth” and “Damp Summer Nights” short stories. Did not even attempt.
- Maintain blog. – Completed.
So I finished 3 of my 5 goals this week, but I don’t feel too down about it. Continue reading
It’s Thursday and I want to talk about a particular experience I had over the last month or so that is relevant to my current editing goals.
In December of last year I was doing my best to hit my daily goal of words written, because I had a novel I wanted to finish and a year of writing to smash to pieces. I was successful at both of those, but right there in the middle of it all I had some random inspiration and wrote a short story.
I haven’t posted the short story on the blog, nor have I submitted it anywhere for publication consideration yet. Part of that is that the story isn’t ready yet. Continue reading
I’ve completed the second week of this year’s challenge, Breaking the Author, and now you get to see me brag about it a bit!
This week’s goals mostly centered around the shapeshifter novella. I edited roughly 50 pages this week, and I have another 25 or so to go for a completed first pass on edits. The first pass is mostly correcting inconsistencies and looking for things that are obviously wrong or that I knew I was going to change already. After the major revisions to story and character are complete, I will delve deeper into a line edit and polish up the prose and dialogue as best I can, followed by a check for spelling, grammar, syntax, etc. The final pass will consist of a live reading in which I will be correcting anything that doesn’t sound good when I read it aloud. Continue reading