Update

April 27, 2011

Got inspired over the weekend and went through my manual line edits.

Don’t know when it happened, but I have such a low tolerance nowadays for transferring my scribbled edits on to my computer. And as I much prefer to edit by hand, this is a pain in the arse.

Anyway, I have now flicked it on to my writing group for feedback. In someways I sent it too early, because I know what they’ll pick on, at least structurally. I was taught to never send a piece out unless you’ve done everything you can to it.

I never stick to that rule. Hoping they’ll forgive me because they’ve seen so little of my work lately.

Oh yeah – word count went from 3,300 to 3,000, then back up to 3,100.

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First Draft re-read

April 13, 2011

Little update.

 

I’ve re-read the first draft and noticed three things:

1. There are still a lot of superfluous scenes – superfluous in that they relate to an idea for the ending that didn’t eventuate.

2. The voice is utterly wrong for the piece. Too… optimistic almost. This is dystopic fiction, Daniel!

3. For the reader to care about my ending  I need to write a few scenes much earlier to contextualise it.

 

The beauty of the first re-read!


First draft finished!

April 12, 2011

So, the long awaited update…

There’s been a few delays and a lot of laziness, but it is finished, and I kind of like it (which is a bonus).

 

Last night I started with about 2/3 of a story at about 3,800 words. But I felt as if I was about 500 words away from finishing. The problem here of course, is that the beginning was waaaaay heavy.

But… I knew how to fix it! The last few weeks of stewing had not been pointless.

In the space of about two hours I cut the 3,800 down to 2,500 and then wrote it back up to 3,400. It has more stripping back to occur, but it is essentially there.

 

So to recap my process thus far:

Idea!

Burst of writing.

Slower, less energized bursts of writing.

Hating the stuff I’ve written.

Dragging myself to write tiny sections.

Getting bogged down.

Leaving it.

Feeling guilty.

Stewing about it.

Coming back to it.

Finishing a draft.

Basking in the post-writing glow.

 

Where to from here?

Well, I give it 24 hours, then read it without a pen to see if it hangs together.

Then I give it a going over with a pen and re-draft it.

Then it goes to the ones I trust to give me honest feedback about my work (I’ll hopefully share some of their feedback next update).

 

Oh, yeah – it has a new, working title: “How long, the Beforedeath?”