Slowly and surely I’m making head way into this WIP. It’s been years since I wrote the first draft, and I have to admit I got a little discourage this past summer about ever finishing it. It’s easy to fall into this little hole. I mean, I’ve been editing/revising the first several chapters for almost five years and I’m no where near finished.
My progress is that I have a great start to a great novel. Twitter helps me keep going. The writers and authors I follow provide a great community of ideas, tips, tricks, and motivation to keep going. Hopefully, I’ll be unveiling a box of books or cover reveal in the near future.
I’ve changed my editing process. I’m taking time each day concentrating on my breathing and clearing my mind from distractors. I’m not engaged on social media as much either, so I do less tweeting and posting. I’ll read a blog here and there of course and retweet and like a few, yet I’m focused solely on DOA.
I’m taking my time because I have one shot. Once it’s published that’s it. I’m not aiming for perfection, but right the first time. I love fantasy and this world I’ve created needs to be told how I see it.
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.