• Life,  Writing

    Editing Woes

    by So I still haven’t missed a day logging some writing activity since my last day at the casino when the first COVID shut down happened in March of 2020. In 2021, however, most of my writing time has been spent slowly editing a set of novels, the Troll World Quintet, formerly Quartet. I track editing not by time spent, but by net word count change. That means I have some days where I spend an hour editing and the net word count change is a single digit number. More frequently, it’s several hundred, either because I am removing significant portions of a scene and rewriting to make it better,…

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    Final Draft of Big Hair Day

    by Still pounding hard at the editing, trying to get as much done as I can while I can. This morning, after breakfast, I finished the “final” draft of Big Hair Day. It comes in at a little over 62k words. To refresh, the final draft for me is the read it aloud draft, making sure everything works and I didn’t miss anything. Anywhere the tongue stumbles for reasons other than trying to concentrate too hard is worth a check. Usually for me, this winds up involving a few word choice tweaks and sentence arrangements here and there. Historical tracking tells me that the average story going from third to…

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    The 3rd Draft of the 2nd book in the Caledonia Triad Is Finished!

    by How’s that for a longwinded post title? It is a bit of a milestone, though, and means that I have one more 3rd draft to do in the set before moving to final. (I am planning to do the final draft of Big Hair Day first, though.) Captain Pedersen’s story (this part of it, at least) now stands at 48,263 words. And while only 2/3 of the complete group is at a third draft status, I’m projecting the overall project to run up close to 150k words by the time it’s through the final draft. As important to note, this whole set languished for a few years while I…

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    Writing Update for Mid April

    by For the first couple of weeks of my personal shutdown, I was blogging every single day. My count suggests 21 days in a row and then a six-day gap before today. Make no mistake, I didn’t run out of things to say, though I’m not sure I’ll go back to a blog post every single day at this point, but I’ve been trying to focus my writing efforts. What I’ve been doing is the second draft editing pass on a set of three interlinked short novels, each in the 42k-45k word range. This afternoon, I finished that draft on the second one and I intend to find time to…

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    A Change In Writing Strategy

    by Writing in September has been a little bit different than August. August, in spite of the fact that I was doing some editing, seemed to consist almost completely of first drafts and I wound up with a record number of words for a single month. But is that the way I really want to do things? A week or so into September, getting a little bored, and struggling, with Hero’s Life, I started to build my forecast for 2017. I have this awesome spreadsheet that I put together in late July, and updated in August, that tells me what I’m supposed to accomplish each day on each project. When…

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    I Love Edits

    by Earlier this week, I turned in revisions for a story appearing in an upcoming anthology from Robot Cowgirl Press. A little later than I wanted, but still well in advance of the deadline. There’s a sense of both relief and pleasure that goes along with that part of the process for me. It’s probably an even bigger deal with a novel (though I’ve yet to experience that), but it feels good with a short story. But I’ve been thinking: I like getting the edits and doing the edits just as much as saying goodbye to the edits. Actually, I love getting edits. Yeah, I’m nuts, but I think it…

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    Editing is Weird

    by I like editing. There, I said it. Many writers will raise an eyebrow or two at that. Some will express actual shock. Some people who profess to love writing or being writers also are free with the knowledge that they hate editing. But I like it. Sometimes I love it. Working on my own fiction, I enjoy editing at least as much as drafting. Sometimes more. Every writer has their own process, unique to that person. Mine has a fair number of quirks to it, but I doubt that’s unusual. I also have an obsession with numbers that, in my experience, most people don’t share. More on that in…

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    Editing Goals for 2013

    by Added to the new fiction goal of 365k, the list of editing goals for this year looks a little absurd, but: Skip To My Luu needs some minor tweaking here and there. Just a couple of manners of speech and items that I think pull the reader a bit out of the story when they come up. A little smoothing out. Warforge: Caledonia is to go through its second draft. While I’m putting this into the Editing category of goals, the “fill in the gaps” story expansion that’s part of this draft needs, at a guess, 40,000-ish words. But the target on this one is the end of the…

  • Life,  Writing

    A Quick Writing Update

    by So I haven’t blogged much lately, but I have been getting some stuff done. Christmas, mostly, but a little bit of writing and related activities as well. I’ve done most of the pre-writing I want to do for Dreams of Freedom and expect to start writing it somewhere between now and Christmas. The story is taking shape pretty well in my head and I hope that’s a good thing. Previous experience with detailed plotting has had me lose interest pretty quickly once I start writing. I’m usually better off only plotting three or four chapters ahead at most. Trying things a little differently this time, so we’ll see how…