Thanks to K.R. Green for this idea!
This will normally be posted on Friday’s but I slacked yesterday, and until I find or are suggested a better title, this will be it. BUT! Onto the review.
As you all know, I’m editing The Forsaken (Mortality Book 1).I’ve drawn a map, gotten a few new chapters planned out and learned a thing or two.
One- Devin and Damon got across the map too fast. I didn’t realize how far away they were until I drew the map, but damn. I had to draw that out. Which is great, considering I’m lengthening the novel.
Two- Never forget what’s going on in the background. I had almost completely forgotten about the antagonist (who remains almost completely hidden until book two), until I reached a point where I knew I had to throw something else at them, but didn’t know what. Then it was like “duh, he hasn’t killed her and isn’t going to stop trying.”
Don’t forget about what’s going on behind the scenes, even if the readers don’t necessarily see it, something is still happening and it may just affect what the readers do see.
I haven’t gotten any of the new scenes written yet, and there’s quite a few of them. Once I have a count, I’ll update that bar on the right hand corner with the correct number (of scenes or chapters, I haven’t decided yet) and keep you guys updated weekly.
Look forward to the Snippet tomorrow!
Again, if there is anything, anything, you guys would like to see on the site, throw it out there. I’m always listening and always open.
I don’t really have a writing post today, I just wanted to get up on my soap-box and announce some upcoming happenings. Also some things that have already happened that you may or may not have noticed.
1. I added another page. At my WIP page, you can keep up with where I’m at with The Forsaken at the moment.
2. You guys remember awhile back, when K.R. Green and I did that interview with S.M. Boyce? I don’t blame you if you don’t. That was awhile ago. Well K.R. and I finally got off our arses and those posts are planned for August. Yes, that was posts plural. There are multiple of them. I will keep you in the loop.
3. You may or may not recognize the title The Forsaken K.R. Green commented a few posts back when I asked for other F-words for Cursed. Well that’s what she came up with and I LOVE it. Thank you SO much girl!
4. I’m also taking part in a blog hop in August. My post is a book review set to go live on the 25 of August and I will be reviewing an entire series of books! Look forward to that!
I’m losing some steam on posting, as you all may have noticed, but I am REALLY trying to get back into posting regularly. Sunday’s will probably always be Short Snippets. But do you guys have anything you would like to see on the site? Perhaps a series of posts (I would need some ideas), a single post, or perhaps a weekly thing like Sundays?
Leave any suggestions in the comments below!
[APOLOGY: I am so sorry I have not yet gotten up the interview K.R. Green and I did with S.M. Boyce. If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed I tried right before bed, but I didn’t want to screw it up. My schedule is so wonky right now… I feel like I’m sleeping more than ever but I’m more tired every day than I have ever been. Doctor’s Appointment tomorrow morning, as well, so I don’t know when I’ll get that video ready and up. Hopefully by the end of the week!]
This is a post about editing.
I don’t remember exactly when I finished Mortality. I think it was around December. But as soon as I typed the last words, I wanted to jump straight into editing. I was so in love with what I saw that the book could be. So I did. I jumped right in. Wrote a single scene of prologue, and then stopped.
If I’m right, and it was December, I’ve been stopped for four months. I haven’t done a thing. I’ve looked at it. I’ve re-read it many times. But I haven’t done any editing. Until Sunday. I was talking on Skype with K.R. Green (pre-interview) and she kinda got me back to it. I’ve got two new scene’s started. They’re not finished yet, but they’re started. And it’s going pretty smooth.
My point is. Some writers go back and edit straight away. They can’t let a book sit. I thought I couldn’t. I had so many grand plans for the rewrite and I didn’t want to forget a single one of them. I wanted it all done right now.
But, I think, when I went to go actually edit, I was afraid of making it worse. I know it’s bad right now. Oh it’s so bad. But you know what? It’s a first draft. It’s OKAY for it to be shit. The second one is probably going to be shit, too. But hopefully a smaller pile. Or perhaps a little less rank.
If you are new to the writing game, and have a first draft under your belt. Go ahead. Edit right away if you think that’s the person you are. This was my first finished draft of any long piece of work. I thought I was that type. Don’t be discouraged if it turns out you’re not. Go ahead and set it aside for a few months. Maybe work on something else. But get back to it.
Don’t let it sit aside indefinitely.