I have the line-per-scene for twenty-nine scenes. About half of them so far include the notation "MASSIVE revision," which isn’t particularly encouraging. I am just now getting to the part where I have to throw everything out and write from scratch. Numberwise, everything is still adding up, and I’m going through my notes and e-mails with Claire so that I … Continue reading →
110,000 words total 217 words per page 506 pages minus 16 pages for eight interstitial flashback scenes that will only take up one to two pages per scene 490 remaining pages 15 page scenes average 33 full-length scenes Total scenes to figure out today before beginning on the hardcopy revision — 48
This morning I’m starting into the rewrites by putting together a new line-per-scene for the book. I’ve also revised the progress bar to reflect the fact that every word of the book is going to have to have a major going over, with about 50,000 of the words having to be brand new, to replace a ripped-out middle section. I … Continue reading →
Trying very hard to get the fine details right, and running into problems like my characters finances, ambitions, life experience — and getting them all to tie together. I’ll get there. But apparently I’m not there yet.
I’m almost afraid to say anything, but it looks like we’re about to the end of figuring out the rewrite of LGD. My breakthrough at the end of the week looks like it’s going to work for everyone. Which means if I’m lucky, I’ll be able to start straight into rewriting LGD tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, the line-per-scene for HAWKSPAR is … Continue reading →
This is what I did so far on the redesign. Nothing is final yet, (for one thing, I may do a different kind of leading between the buttons) but I really, truly am sick of pastels. I snagged these colors directly off a couple of medieval stained glass windows — I love stained glass, especially that which was done with … Continue reading →
I look at this site, and I am tired of the pastels. How long have I had this design up, anyway? I want rich, vivid, saturated colors. Sapphire blue, emerald green, ruby red. Stained glass colors. Jewel tones. Sparkle. Over my holiday, I opened up Dreamweaver and plunked around a little with a new site design, but I didn’t get … Continue reading →
My wish for you. … Continue reading →
Past exhaustion, past frustration, I broke through with the answers to the two major questions that I haven’t been able to find. Did 411 words in ten minutes freewriting on one question, 447 words in ten minutes freewriting on the second. And by the end of both, I had the answers I needed. Have sent off a brief summary to … Continue reading →
After having been stuck on the answers to a couple of essential questions regarding the rewrite of LAST GIRL DANCING, I think I have the direction to take with the story. Not sure, but the only way to find out is to start writing and see what happens. So this morning, I’ll be doing the LGD proposal again, starting from … Continue reading →
Made huge progress on the HAWKSPAR line-for-scene; it turned out to be an almost total rethink of the book and the roles played by the two main characters. Also got a fair amount of that rethinking down on paper. Time to wrap it up, though; yesterday’s migraine never completely went away, and now it’s edging back. If I go lie … Continue reading →
Another author weblog recommendation: White Screen of Despair: A Science Fiction Writer’s Blog, by Gary Gibson, who’s making some inroads on the field. His process and progress make for interesting reading. … Continue reading →
The line-per-scene is going wonderfully, and I’ve discovered a theme for the book that is going to take over for the main theme I’d originally intended. I’m excited; I think this has the potential to be a beautiful story.
Lost most of yesterday to the migraine. Today I’m doing more line-per-scene work on HAWKSPAR, pending working out some last bits on LGD before I can dig into the rewrite. Still have some residual flares from the headache, so the office is dark and the screen is at half-light.
Got Claire’s questions, migraine started. Working anyway. So much for HAWKSPAR, opening up LGD and getting into the actual re-rewrite of that for the rest of the morning or until the pain gets to bad to work.
Caitlan R. Kiernan’s Low Red Moon. Her writing about writing is well worth reading. I’ve added her to the Writers’ Blogs List. … Continue reading →
I’ve discovered a few of things about myself that I didn’t know before. One, I am not a machine, and as much as I would like to treat myself like one, bad things happen when I try. It USED to work for me. I could, if pushed, write fifty-four typed, formatted, 300-words-to-a-page pages in one (long) day. Now I just … Continue reading →
Giving writing a rest on Sunday. The whole two-books-at-once hoop-jumping thing isn’t working out too well for me; I’m taking a day off to let off some steam. Back Monday.
A lot of writers do work-for-hire writing at some point in their careers. It can be an okay thing, a bad thing, or a complete career-wrecker, depending upon the deal you get. A semi-related thread in the Forward Motion Writers’ Community spurred me to think about this: I commented that a submission agreement included in a current open call for … Continue reading →
Cleared out the line-per-scene outline at the end of the manuscript. Usually I leave it in and just delete portions as I write my way through the book. This time I’m working a little differently, and that outline kept getting in the way. So I’m back down to the 5K mark. This time, all those words are actual book words … Continue reading →
Open Letter in Support of America’s Armed Forces Our young men and women are making tremendous personal sacrifices for our nation’s defense and the defense of freedom worldwide. Please let them know you value their sacrifice, and the spirit in which it is made. … Continue reading →
Rescue of kidnapped Tonk kids; slavers and the Sry people; the Oracle of the Sisters of Stone; the magical properties of the Eyes of the Oracle; the slave girl who doesn’t want to become Oracle Hawkspar; the cannibal clans of Sry Yngwu, the return of the Feegash. I want to do some outlining and some backgrounding, but mostly I want … Continue reading →
2155 total for the day. I’m not sure that I like everything I got — very happy with the first-person scenes with Acolyte Hawkspar, not so happy with the third-person Riknir scenes. But I’ll run with this and let things take shape. It will come together for me better after I’ve been back in the world for a while.
1648 new words so far. 7K back on the HAWKSPAR progress bar again. … Continue reading →
Just cut about 1700 words from HAWKSPAR. Which puts me at 5438 words total. Now I’m starting into all-new material, though. So maybe I’ll start seeing some forward motion on the numbers, rather than the reverse.
I like sunrises. What can I say? Back yard about ten minutes ago. … Continue reading →
Have not heard back from Claire yet with either a yea or nay on the proposed edits for LGD, so I’m working on HAWKSPAR this morning. I have to redo the POV shift in the second half of the old first chapter, then move on to new material. I’m looking forward to the second half of the morning’s work considerably … Continue reading →
Reconfigured half of the old first chapter of HAWKSPAR, which I’m pleased with. Made a net gain of about 200 words, but that will all disappear when I slice up the second half of the chapter. Tomorrow, perhaps, if I don’t have Claire’s comments on my comments on LAST GIRL DANCING back yet. If I do, HAWKSPAR will go back … Continue reading →
I’m now going through what was the opening chapter for HAWKSPAR and changing the whole thing from first-person POV to third. It’s going pretty quickly, but I’m subtracting rather than adding words. Which is not going to be a happy thing for the word count. At least I found out I was writing the wrong main character in first person … Continue reading →
Got my answers regarding the rewrite of LGD off to Claire; going to work for a while on HAWKSPAR now and see if I can add just a bit to my word count.