Saturday, February 28, 2015

February in Review

I know I've been quiet lately. Not much to say, I guess.

I made my goal! 40 hours of editing this month. Almost half of that has been on one damn chapter, which was such a mess I've had to completely rip it apart and rebuild it. I'm almost done with Act 2 now. In a way it's discouraging-- I've worked 70 hours since Jan. 1 and all I've accomplished it re-editing the stuff I already edited last year. But I know I've made it stronger.

My goal for March is 50 hours. Act 3 is going to take me forever to edit-- it's always been the most difficult part of the book for me, and the whole first half has to radically change. I have no idea how long it will take me to fix it. The good news, though, is that Act 4 needs only cosmetic editing, and I am confident I can get that done in a month. So I'm guessing 3 more months of editing before I have a full draft ready beta readers. If anyone's still with me here and willing to beta in June/July, let me know!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

February Goals

I've decided that my goal for February will be 40 hours of editing. I've done 5 hours so far this week, and am on to Act 2.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tuesday is the New Monday

Oops. Forgot to write my check-in post yesterday. Not that I have much to say these days. It's just that usually a long silence from me means I'm not writing, and I am. I've been really consistent about working on TOB for an hour a day, and I feel good about it. This week, I've been using more or all of the hour on editing instead of doing exercises, and have made some good progress.

Now I'm contemplating what I want my goals for Feb. to be. I'd like to increase the pace a little, but not so much that I get overwhelmed. I also have some ideas for slightly more interesting blog content than this!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mid-Month Check-In

Consistent. That's the word for this month. I'm consistently doing an hour a day-- half editing, half exercises. My pace is slow but I feel really good about the changes I'm making. I felt like I was flailing a little in the last run-though of the draft-- I was making things sound better, but wasn't sure what else needed to change to make the story have the impact I want it to. The exercises in 21st Century Fiction are just what I needed.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Check-In

Not much to report. I've been consistent about working an hour a day, usually a half-hour of exercises and a half-hour of editing. I'm halfway through Act I now. Not changing much-- just a little shaping and sharpening to better lay the foundation for what's to come.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Edit Update Monday

Not the catchiest title, but it sums up my intentions nicely. I have decided to spare this blog the daily blow-by-blow of working on the edit, and will instead update every Monday until the thing is done.

My update for this week is pretty dull: Still chugging along at an hour a day, still working on the exercises in 21st Century Fiction, still repairing plot holes.

Friday, January 2, 2015

So Far, So Good

I've been working an hour a day. My plan to January is to spend 20-30 minutes a day writing about what I'm writing (using the zillions of questions and exercises in 21st Century Fiction), and the rest of the time working on the edit, starting over on page 1. I expect the first half to go very quickly; it's already had an editing pass, and according to my woven-together arcs it is structurally sound. I just want to make sure I'm laying all the threads I need to for maximum impact later. Also, it's helping to get my head back in the story, which is what I need most right now.