Archive for July, 2006

Excuse the Mess

Monday, July 24th, 2006

I’m tidying up a few things around here, and as a result things may not work quite right for a bit. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Hopefully things will stabilize soon.

Time Flew, Where Was the Fun?

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

The day after my last post I returned to the day job. My schedule is all over the place instead of the 7am to 3pm day I’d grown accustomed to. As a result I’ve made no attempt to start the write-in portion of my revisions yet.

I have been doing more reading, mostly in preparation for my next novel. I now think a lot of the hard revision work on the first book can be traced back to my outline, and I’m hoping that knowledge of past mistakes also makes thing easier.

I learned a lot from Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell. Chapter 10 has a 7 question quiz to help you decide if you are an OP or a NOP. Funnily enough I came out right in the middle. That’s right, even with an odd number of questions I managed to end in a tie. The last question is:

You would be happier as a:
1. Software developer 2. Poet

I couldn’t decide. I enjoy both of those things, and for many of the same reasons. When I tried to break it down I hard a hard time seeing any real difference between the two.

I’m going to take that to mean I need an outline, but I also need the freedom to explore as I write. Now the tough part is finding a way to put that to use.

One Pass Revision: Day 12 Slog Complete

Sunday, July 9th, 2006
Manuscript Slog Page Count
563/563

Wahoo! I’ll write more later, but I need to go spend time with the long ignored family now.

One Pass Revision: Day 11 (453/563)

Saturday, July 8th, 2006
Manuscript Slog Page Count

453/563

My most-of-the-day-writing days ended yesterday (and even then I didn’t get nearly the time in I wanted). I did get a few hours today though. This latter section is slow going. I’m pretty sure I wrote most of it late at night, and it shows. Still, progress is progress.

One Pass Revision: Day 10, Part 2 (423/563)

Friday, July 7th, 2006
Manuscript Slog Page Count
423/563

Had a bit of time and knocked out 10 more pages.

One Pass Revision: Day 10 (413/563)

Friday, July 7th, 2006
Manuscript Slog Page Count
413/563

Hope to get back to this later today. Gotta run!

One Pass Revision: Day 9 (384/563)

Thursday, July 6th, 2006
Manuscript Slog Page Count

384/563

Not quite as far as I had hoped for the day, but I have some other stuff to do. Not sure if I’ll get back to this today or not.

One Pass Revision: Day 8, Part 2 (326/563)

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006
Manuscript Slog Page Count

326/563

I just finished chapter 14, putting me well beyond the parts I revised previously. I made some notes for a new chapter, but I’m not sure I need it yet. I hope can get as much done tomorrow.

One Pass Revision: Day 8 (284/586)

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006
Manuscript Slog Page Count
284/563

Pretty productive morning. I’ve now passed the point where my first attempt at revisions stopped. This means that everything from here on needs even more polish, but it should be the better written half of the book to begin with. I need to take a break, but I’m well on my way to getting to page 300 today.

One Pass Revision: Day 7, Part 2 (189/563)

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006
Manuscript Slog Page Count
189/563

Not quite where I had hoped to be by now, but not too bad. The current section is in pretty good shape, so hopefully I’ll pick up some speed tomorrow.