Quick Update; Dealing With Fear When Trying Something New in Writing

And I’m back.

I’ve made zero progress on the copyedit of the sequel to The Baker’s Wife, but I do have the files set up.

I have the outline for the rewrite of Puck’s Call laid out and ready, but I’ve been hesitating because it’s definitely urban fantasy now, and that means it fits best if I use first person for the POV.

I haven’t written in first person in about twenty years. I’m scared.

Which is silly because it’s just a story, right? Not a big deal if I screw it up. I can always rewrite it, change it, alter it.

But that feeling is there and I have to accept it, then do the work anyway. And every time it tries to whisper in my ear that I’m screwing things up, I have to tell it thank you for keeping me safe but it’s time to go. I’m busy writing.

So, today I start on that, and the edit. Wish me luck!

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Trial of the Ornic, Volume 2, Part Three Revision Complete!

Finally.

I am never going through this level of revision again. Next time I am going to have something I love by the end of the first draft from here on in.

Which means changing how I approach writing the first draft. I’ll let you know when I find a system that works.

As for this book, now that I have the story I want to tell, it’s time to move it into the copyedit phase and return this blog to articles about myths, fairies, fantasy, and the occasional announcement.

Thank you for following along. I hope you enjoyed being part of that process.

See you next week!

Progress on Revision 8/26/22

I’m almost halfway through the revision type-in and I’m pleased with how things are flowing. Because I’m moving quickly this time, all the little continuity errors are smoothing out, and the new scenes I had to write are getting the little tweaks they need to all become one cohesive whole.

In other words, it’s becoming a real story.

It’s all very encouraging. However, my experience with this is making me wonder if it might not be better to do a complete rewrite of Puck’s Call, a story that was originally going to be paranormal romance, but that turned out to be more urban fantasy.

On the one hand, it’ll take more time, but on the other, I’ll be able to rework the story from the ground up in the genre in which it belongs. And with a much more organic feel, if my experiences with “writing into the dark” and cycling as I write are any indication.

We’ll see how I feel once this is done.

Thank you for reading. See you next week!

Revision Progress: 8/14/22

The write-in is finished.

The write-in is finished!

I am so incredibly happy right now, I can hardly type.

I’ve already set up the type-in document and figured out the next editing steps. Adding the changes shouldn’t take nearly as long as writing them, but I haven’t done a revision this extensive in a long time. I’m not sure how long it will take.

I’ll keep you posted. And hopefully find time to write about more interesting things on this blog. Like bits of research, etc.

Thank you for reading!

Quick Progress Update – 8/6/22

I have finally reached the point where I think I’m done with all the new scenes. Now, I just have to weave in the previous plot points into the older scenes and I’ll be done with the write-in. Yay!

Reaching that point was wonderful because this time I knew the exact moment I hit it. And once I hit it, even though I thoroughly enjoyed writing every new scene, I felt relief.

I’m almost done.

Looking forward to seeing my progress this next week!

Revision Progress 7-30-22

I’ve been kind of wondering when the scenes I’m currently writing are going to connect to the previous scenes I’ve written. I’m not too concerned, though. I’ve been enjoying writing new scenes that fit the story better than the previous, more mapped out ones. I’m hitting all the plot points I hoped to hit, all the threads are coming together, and I’ve finally gotten my two main characters exactly where I hoped they would be.

And with more panache than what I’d written before.

Not taking credit for it, btw. Zhiv is a natural performer. All I had to do was remember that and he started driving the scene right where it needed to go.

Took a bit to get there, though. Had to rip out words for the same scene three times before I got to anything close to right. My left-side brain kept getting in the way, keeping me from really getting into the perspective of the characters.

Once I fully put myself in their perspective? The scene flowed like water. And with a twist that’s totally Zhiv but completely unexpected to me.

I love writing into the dark!

Quick Update on Revision

Not much time tonight. Just wanted to say that revision continues. And just when I think I’m in a position where I can go back to my original words, nope, can’t. And so another new scene is born.

Not that I’m complaining. I love writing new words and I feel like the scenes I’m writing now have a much deeper POV than what came before. I feel more involved, and I think that’s going to show.

Hopefully.

Anyway, still making progress. Hoping to have the write-in done by end of next week or the one after that. We’ll see.

Hope all is well with you and yours. Take care, and see you next week!

Revision Progress; Subbing Stories Again

Revision Progress

Tired tonight, so I’ll be brief. Progress was good this week. More new scenes and more scenes deleted. Should be getting to the end of that soon, though. Most of the plot points I changed in the beginning have been covered. Just a few left, and then we’re into the last bits, which, as of right now, look like they’ll stay as they are.

Which is good. I really love those scenes. They were my favorite to write in the whole dadgum book. 🙂

Subbing Stories

This past week or so, I started sending out short stories and flash fiction again. I’m absolutely fascinated by the changes that have taken place out there, as well as what’s stayed the same.

But that’s another blog post for another time. Just wanted to mention that I’ve started that process again. Hopefully, I’ll have some successes I can announce in the near future.

Progress on Trial of the Ornic #2

The revision is going really well right now. I mean, really well. I’ve cut out so many old scenes and written so many new ones, and it’s finally matching up to the vision in my head but somehow everything got better.

I have completely fallen in love with this story again.

And I swear, I will do my absolute best to avoid ever writing according to a series of beats again. If it means the writing sucks, then the writing sucks.

I’m also having doubts about something I wrote a while back about writing to market. It sounds like a great idea on paper. Maybe it works well for others. But the reality just doesn’t work for me. The books I’ve tried to write to market, even if it’s a genre I love, end up feeling like little marionettes rather than living, breathing Stories.

And when I read them over as prep for revision, I can barely stand it. That’s why none of them have been published yet.

The stories I didn’t try writing to market? Even the worst among them (which was pretty bad) was more enjoyable to read than what I’ve made lately.

So, I think I’m setting that aside, too. For now.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m still going to look for whatever genre fits best with the story, but that will come after the book is written.

Will I make any money with this approach? Maybe. Maybe not. But I think I’ll feel better about any money I do make.

Anyway, the write-in part of the revision is almost at the three-quarter mark. And I think it’s good. Looking forward to sharing it with all of you soon.