Wanting To Write Vs. Needing To Edit

There are many exciting things happening that are drawing my attention these days. My husband and I are very close to launching our publishing company and getting Scarlet off the ground and into schools, theatres, and churches everywhere (at least, that is our prayer!). I’m busy prepping for NaNoWriMo by watchingBrandon Sanderson’s lectures on writing and it is very exciting to be seeing my tools for writing grow, as well as my viewpoint as an author. On top of it, I’ve volunteered to get costumes for the Christmas show off the ground and going before November, and still have yet to get our Halloween costumes done for the big party next Friday.

I’m being pulled a lot, but they are all very good things. None-the-less, the time I have left over is less than I am used to, and thus, I’m having to decide how to spend in very carefully.

I am feeling very much ‘in the zone’ to write lately, dispite having much time to do so. Rosi and Milo are in a very fun part of the story, and I’m looking forward to exploring with them. I’m learning to mix my Type A Outlining with the kind of character and story evolution you can only get from discovery writing. I’m excited to see these characters grow, beyond what I’ve even planned most likely, and to get another project completed.

However, The Varken is still sitting in Scrivner, and I haven’t even finished Act I of my final edits yet. It’s getting harder and harder to pull myself out to see the big picture and to push for any big changes. Working on the Book Book, I can so easily see how my writing has grown since writing The Varken, and when I peek at The Keeper, I can see the improvements I have made since then in The Varken. I feel satisfied with the growth I see in The Varken and it feels ‘complete’ in my mind, despite the fact that there are still a lot of little details to work through. I want to give you, my readers, the best product I can, so that you can be immersed into the world of Eviryia once more without grammar mistakes or confusing sentences.

And so, I find myself writing this blog post instead of doing either of those things – writing or editing – in an attempt to figure out which will win in the battle over time.

Luckily, with NaNoWriMo so close, I know that I won’t finish The Book Book before then, and feel more freedom in letting that project be a part of my 50k – maybe even all of it you never know! And so I will push forward in editting with my last hour of freetime today, and I hope that you all are finding time to do the things you want to do, and the things you need to do. And if you can’t do both, just know that there is a time for everything.

I am definitely looking forward to November.

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 »

NaNoWriMo 2015: The First Three Days

The first three days of NaNoWriMo have gone by and I have been at the height of productivity. All of my super outlining has paid off! I’m currently hovering around 12.5k since Sunday, and a total of 25k on the novel – that’s double in just three days! I’ll need the extra boost, because I am aiming to keep up the typing and finish up the entire novel (surpassing the 50k goal) this month.

A big struggle for me with NaNoWriMo last year was I go to 50k, took a giant sigh of relief, and went straight into celebratory/relaxation mode. It didn’t help that I was working 25+ hours in retail as well. There was a huge lull in my writing and it took me more than half a year to finish up THE VARKEN. If I had kept up the momentum, without increasing or decreasing my word count pace, I could have been finished by January and much closer to publishing.

This year, I am hoping to mimic what happened in 2013, when I wrote THE KEEPER. I didn’t have too much on my plate and so that allowed for a bunch of writing time. I cranked out almost 90k that month, which was the entire novel. This allowed me to take a little break, and then get dirty fixing it up. That novel went through at least seven re-writes as I worked a lot on improving the world the book took place in, including big things like a deity and the Blessed! THE BLESSED wouldn’t fit into that original world, but thanks to those many rewrites, there is now a great overarching story.

I’m very thankful that my writing has been rolling along so well. I’ve not been allowing myself time to overthink anything and instead focusing on getting the story out of my head, off of note cards, and into a narrative. It has been wonderful seeing characters I have spent so much time developing finally come to life, and I love having so many POVs to choose from.

It is so interesting how different characters experience, access, and impact a situation, that sometimes I am tempted to write the same scene twice from different POVs so the reader an see all the different angles! But then I remember that mystery is good too, and if they figure out the little things happening between the lines, then that’s more exciting for the reader anyways.

So that’s the first three days! I’m almost through Act I, where chaos has erupted and the world is turned upside down!

So exciting 🙂

How have your first three days of NaNoWriMo been?