Another Draft Completed!

So many drafts!

One thing I’ve really noticed about myself as a writer is that eventually, I get to this point where I stop being able to tell what is good or not. Grammar and spelling are easy to check, but there comes a point when I’m too familiar with the work to be objective about it. I’m almost to that point.

I have finished going with all of the edits from my editor, Millie, and it has been a long time coming! I had a lot of distractions this summer, but it is good to finally be able to finish up ‘The Varken’! Millie gave me some great, big picture notes that I will be looking at fixing, and there is certainly plenty of room for improvement. I am going to be doing one final big read-through of editting and then it’ll be off to beta readers for some perspective! I’m really looking forward to getting their notes and thoughts.

Meanwhile, when it is out of my hands, I will be working on formatting, getting the cover art in order, writing the back cover, and all of those fine little details. Somehow, finding the right font sounds both relaxing and intimidating at the same time! But it will be a welcomed challenge.

Besides ‘The Varken’, I will also be spending a lot of my time on two other big projects:Read More »

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Planning Ahead…

Now that NaNoWriMo is over, I thought I would give you a quick post on what is happening next in my world of writing!

As far as THE BLESSED goes, I might have written nearly 70k this month for it, but there is still plenty of writing left to be had. I’m almost finished up with Act 2 (just the major, life-changing events to happen there) and then it’s onto Act 3 with the rise of conflict and the resolution!

Then, I’ll have two books in need of editing! Millie is getting through THE VARKEN with editing, and I am excited to dive back into that story and those characters and start really grinding into it to get it ready for publishing in April. My amazing cousin Amy has agreed to do the cover for the novel, and I’m excited to see what she comes up with (she painted the cover for THE KEEPER as well).

I’m excited to have so many new tools at my fingertips this time around with publishing. Along with Scrivener, to make the editing process easier, I’m also looking forward to investing in my formatting a little further. In THE KEEPER, the formatting was very bare-bones and simple, and I’m hoping to learn more about font choice, margins, that sort of thing, this time around. I even have a new website book-marked to aid me in my quest at http://www.diybookformats.com/ and http://www.diybookcovers.com/. Both have lots of great tutorials and ideas here, and a great one to keep on hand for when you reach this point of your process.

While all of this editing is happening, I’ll continue working on world building and character development for the Book Book by writing short stories. I’m so excited by the mundane things I’ve created for this world that I need to get it out of my system! When the Book Book starts, I don’t want to drag on with showing everyone’s daily routines. While that’s interesting, I’ll want to focus more on the plot and characters, and let the world build around you as you read.

Our musical Scarlet is almost through with its round of workshops and will be moving into a whole new planning phase soon. Although timing is still a secret, I’m excited to announce that it will be performed in the 2016-2017 season at our local theatre and I’ll be directing, which will be a huge learning curve for me but I’m looking forward to the stretching and growing.

And lastly, our second musical, Fractured, is well under way! I’ve been working on a blog post about writing musicals, but it keeps staying in that ‘drafting’ stage. As for now, we only have 2 more songs left to write (which will total around 20 songs) and a few scenes left to draft up in the book. It is still very much in the early stages of the writing, with lots of editing and smoothing out needed, but I’m looking forward to polishing it up!

So that’s what’s on the horizon in Erin’s writing world.

Now that NaNoWriMo is over, what’s on your writing schedule?

Mapping Things Out

Although the map I originally made for The Keeper is alright for an amateur, I knew I could do better! I had done a little bit of hand-drawing for the idea of the map, but ultimately did the whole thing in photoshop. So after practicing a bit on random maps, I finally sat down to hand-draw a new one for The Varken (although I will most like update the one in The Keeper).

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I used the tutorial I had posted recently, but then did a lot of research looking at other fantasy maps to get more ideas on shapes, particularly for the mountains and trees. I drew it out lightly with pencil, then darker, then I inked the whole thing and erased the pencil. I tried to have a little bit of imperfection to my hand, to let the map look more hand-drawn (because it is!)

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