On to the next One

Yes! I finally combed through the fifth chapter after completely scrapping the original one.  Feels good and after I go read through it making sure it makes sense, it’s on to the next one, on to the next one (Jay Z’s Live from Brooklyn? Great song)


Next step is combing through the next chapter. Finally out of tthe woods with the plot progression chapter and into the more interesting parts of this novel.

It’s okay to hate, well not hate, strongly dislike a chapter of your writing. This chapter, in my opinion, is slow and boring and gives a better picture of Sariah. If you’re not truthful while writing, editing, crafting, or even publishing your writing then someone else will.

Keep it in the back of your mind while you keep writing!

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More Words More Problems

This is going to be a  short update for now. Scrapping that last chapter was the best move I’ve done. It really didn’t make sense. Yet, as I continue reading, I don’t feel like this Chapter 5 is something to brag about. Even with a little over 1600 words, it’s sluggish, a little boring and very depressing.

I’m just about finished with the chapter which is great, and I believe it’s a plot progression chapter. It provides  more background information about Sariah, and why she’s  attending this school. In all, it’s all about the protagonist in this case.

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Right now, I’m focusing on descriptions with this chapter. When I wrote the chapter, I really didn’t have a clear setting in place. Toward the end, it sounded rush, I push my characters around from place to place. It didn’t flow very well. It was like the backdrop changed and my characters were in the same room getting through what I want them to say, do, and act out. There’s no real connection or building of any relationship with the the setting or between the characters; it sounded stiff like someone dancing to a beat with no rhythm.

I have to fix that! I’m hoping to finish this chapter very soon since I have maybe a fourth of a the chapter left.

Belated 2017

 

This is my first “belated” post in the new year. The last couple of months have been pretty busy. I’ve graduated and currently in the job pool! Yay! Since I’ve walked across that gorgeous stage, I’ve been editing here and there.

I recently scrapped an entire chapter from Destiny of an Azurine. I know I’m crazy and I’ve ben saying this will be the year getting all these edits done, but I didn’t really realize how intricate this process can be with over 100,000 words. (Yes, I’m proud.) After taking a look at that chapter, I realize I really didn’t need it and could merge most of it to the next. It was too long, didn’t make any sense, and boring. I was bored!

During the day, I started reading my writing a loud, making notes, and improving the flow and storyline. Scrivener has really help me become much more organize with the plot, setting, and storyline. I have the mobile version too. So when I’m sitting in a waiting room, or a passenger in the car, I can pick up where I left off. I love it.
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I’m editing every night add and subtracting to the overall WIP. Little changes, like ensuring consistency throughout my writing. If the writing isn’t consistent, then it ruins the overall  flow of the story, and the reader’s like, “Wait, I don’t know who that is,” or “I thought she had blonde hair.” The reader flips back to the part where the inconsistency lies.

Since this is the first and late post of in the new year, here are my writing goals:

  1. Finish editing Destiny of an Azurine by June 30, 2017.
  2. Participate in Camp Nano.
  3. Publish Destiny of an Azurine before December 31, 2017.

These are some pretty steep goals. With school done and out the way, I believe they are much more attainable. Discipline. Focus. Coffee. Those are all I need.

 

Keep Writing!