Opening my WIP today, I noticed I haven’t touched this chapter since April 2017. I’ve been reading through these chapters lately and fine tuning a character. The idea came to me one night and I acted as quick as I could to get it all down at a stop light on my way back from the store.
I noticed not all of my characters are strong, and I’ve been going back through them making sure they are as I need them to be, not just their personality. They need to be believable, realistic, and likable or unlikeable. Even though I’m writing fantasy, I need the reader to care about them even if they aren’t one of the main characters.
Also, I still have Draft 1 of my manuscript, and I was looking for particular scene I cut out. This scene was still woven into the rest of my chapter and leaked into the next. I read through it, and can’t remember why I got rid of it, so I’m putting it back in.
This editing and revising part is very meticulous, yet little by little I’m making progress. Setting aside at least 30 minutes or so a day helps. I’ll be participating in Camp NanoWrimo this July and come up with goal, plan, and strategy to tackle DOA.
Going on vacay at the end of the month, so not sure if I’ll be getting any edits or revisions done, so I’ll make a goal of at least 2 hours dedicated to editing and revisions. I’ll break into 30 minutes sessions. It’ll be good practice for Camp NanoWrimo. If you need a cabinmate in July look me up!
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!
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.
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.