So close!

Last night, I pushed hard. Fixed Chapters 21-27 using Val’s edits and also tried to make sure Cela’s accent followed the new Aussie rules. So part of what’s left now is the rewrite of the last battle. That’s the main focus tonight and since it’s raining and I live in the back of a cul-de-sac’s cul-de-sac, I seriously doubt we’ll see any trick or treaters. Maybe Carlos’ kids across the street will come by (they didn’t last year). Then over the weekend, Westina and I will read out loud the entire book. I’ve a feeling a table read will be…

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More Kinjara Edits

I’ve now gotten to the point in my chapters where I found Kinjara’s voice. But in the chapter before, #15 I was still groping for it. Here’s an original paragraph from Chapter 15: Laughing despite herself, Kinjara lost her rhythm for a second. She recovered nicely, “Their constant companionship equated in their other siblings’ eyes two possibilities. That either Arm’wal celebrated mutual celibacy tendencies OR the two Goddhai were celebrating blatant disregard of Om’em’s rules. Neither assumption had fact as foundation, but only “truth” as a coat of paint and therefore received as fact. Of the two possibilities, the more…

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15 Days ‘Til November?!?!

Well, it wasn’t supposed to happen so quickly. Nanowrimo starts in 15 days. Usually I’m starting about now because usually I have to go away for Thanksgiving (not this year), but I’m not even sure I can do this, this year. I’ve still got about 14 chapters of Kinjara’s rewrites, then I have to go over Val Jones‘ edits and revise the whole draft, especially Cela’s dialect to make it consistent. Where the heck did time go? I know, into my harvest. Oh well. Tonight, it’s pick up the pace time.

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Knackered!

Woke this morning with wet lungs. Ugh. Hate that feeling. Worked last night from 9:00 to 10:30 and managed to redo all of Kinjy’s dialogue for Chapter 12. If I can do a chapter a day, the timing will work out fine. Yesterday, we got Dawn’s designs for the website. So exciting! But because Westina was knackered as well, we didn’t sit down to discuss it. She only made a cursory look at the designs while I cooked dinner for her. Afterwards, I had too much harvesting and writing to do much on the designs. I’m hoping to get more…

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More Kinjara Revisions

Writing Kinjara’s dialogue is REALLY a brain-drain at times. Sometimes, I need to take a few days to dissect what I’m trying to say and what needs to be emphasized. The following is a good example. From Chapter 6, we have Grofford coming up to the women and making a snarky comment about how they’re keeping the stray, meaning they’re keeping Kat. Here’s Kinjara’s original response: Agreeing, Kinjara replied, “Allow me the dubious honor, on both sides of the equation. Kat, I offer my oldest sibling Grofford. Grofford, I introduce Tristien’s latest project, Kat.” Encountering disinterest on both sides, she asked,…

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The Process of Writing

I seem to have a “process” before I can start writing. I have to check all my favorite websites first and if I have to walk away from the desk for a length of time, I have to recheck all the websites again. Isn’t it stupid? But it’s the way I can get my mind to calm enough to enter the pool of tranquility where I can create. Which means, every damn time the dogs bark and I have to check on what’s the cause, I have to restart my process.

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Working with Outlines

The other day I wrote about starting Woven Myth’s Book 2 and how it should be easy but it was proving not to be. Well, I scrapped all of the organization I had, and started over. By the way if you ever work with me, this is one of my most infuriating processes: scrapping everything and starting over. Just warning you. There was no organic growth to the story. So after scrapping the whole beginnings, I used a method that I had learned about in designing games. I started with the things I knew had to be in the book.…

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Plotting trajectories

Today, I plotted/organized more of Book 2. It’s harder than I thought. It should be simpler, since I have 60% of the plot but I’m finding it a tad hard to begin. You see, Woven Myths began as part of NaNoWriMo way back in 2009. It was two years later that I pulled it out to see if it would work as a novel and to my surprise, it did. In reworking the story, I added a lot more and in working on a review draft, I came to the realization that what I added was actually a different story. It…

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