Things have been kind of stale on To get him back since I started the new job. I have quite a bit to type up, but something doesn’t feel right.
As a nice surprise some of my characters have come back to visit me from my BIG project that I’m going to work on next. I moved my room around, to get my desk and a dresser out of the way. Now I have some wall space to work with. On the wall, I taped up the note cards from the first book in the quartet.
Seeing it like this, it needs some more fleshing out, more details added in (I’m thinking post-it notes added with details). I also cut out a good chunk from the beginning, and set it aside as either reference for back story, or a potential prequel. If that happens, and the planned sequel, than that brings the whole project up to a total of six books.
I don’t even want to think about that at this point.
To start with, I’m only going to deal with this first book. The second one is where the bulk of the first draft ended up. This first one is mostly new material. It’s like starting a new book, rather than a second draft, but the characters are familiar. I’m anxious, and a little excited too, to get going.
I just want to finish the current project first, so I guess that means I need to get typing that one up.
I started a new job two weeks ago. So far it’s going well. I’m learning new things in the field that I want to make a career out of, gaining experience that I’ll be able to use to move forward along this path I’ve chosen, and I’ve been doing some writing on my breaks.
I feel like I’ve made decent progress. It’s been slow, since I only have a few minutes here and there, but something is better than nothing. And nothing is what I’ve been getting accomplished lately I haven’t read a book in about a month. I haven’t had a chance to type up what I’ve written yet, but I think it might be about 2000 words or so, spread out over two weeks. Not spectacular, but it’s a small notebook that I’m using.
Okay, after some prodding I’ll admit that I’m a writer. I’ve been writing stories since I was about six or seven years old, and over the last twenty-odd years I’ve compiled a list of helpful tips for myself.
- Second Draft = First Draft — 10% This is taken directly from Stephen King’s On Writing. A book I would highly recommend even if you’re not a King fan. It works for him because he tends to write way too much at first. For me, I might change that — to a + instead, since I tend to write a skeleton and then have to add meat to it. Come up with your own equation that you think is a good target. Having a number to aim for gives you an idea of how well you’re on track.
- No adverbs, no passive voice. This is another King tip, but I’ve read it other places as well
- Write the truth. When I read a book and I see something shown the way I think of the world, I relate that much closer to the story. For example: If someone writes about brushing their curly hair and not ending up with a fluffy mess, I’m immediately jarred out of the story with the thought “but that’s not real!” and I get quite indignant about it. Conversely, if someone writes about combing out their wet curls and then praying to some deity that those curls behave, than I’m much more likely to favorably immerse myself in the story. Continue reading