Monday, 30 January 2012

Project 2012: January Update

I’ve been talking about Project 2012 in pretty much all of my few posts this month, but I thought it’d be nice to give a nice summary of the month’s progress. Okay, that and I didn’t have anything else to post about.

Originally, I wasn’t going to do Project 2012, mainly because I didn’t want to begin editing so soon after finishing EXCALIBUR (which I finished in mid-November). At the very last minute I decided that I could use the extra accountability and decided to give it a go.

Throughout January, the participants have been reading through their manuscripts, and I’m just about finished reading through mine. There are a few minor things in each chapter which need fixing, and only a handful of chapter which will need a rewrite. So overall, I’m quite happy with how EXCALIBUR turned out.

The only thing that concerns me is the lack of a character arc for the protagonist, Lily. I’ll probably have to examine it a bit better but I feel that the arc is complete within the first quarter of the novel. I also envisaged a growing romance between her and the sidekick, but that romance hasn’t really grown naturally. It seems kinda… bumpy, if that makes any sense.

I’m also testing out writing-while-editing, and so far I’m doing well. I’ve only been doing it for about a week but I’m not getting distracted… yet.

So I’ve got lots to do in February. A few chapter rewrites, a character arc to develop, and a romance which needs help. How’s your February looking? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Writing Again

Okay, Untitled YA Fantasy Idea. Here’s the deal. If I promise to try to write you, will you leave me alone when I’m editing?

I’ve finally submitted to the pull of my Untitled YA Fantasy Idea (abbreviated to UYAFI, because writing “Untitled YA Fantasy Idea” all the time is a pain). I didn’t like the idea of writing and editing at the same time, but UYAFI is very persuasive. So, for the rest of January and all through February I’m going to be editing four days a week, and writing for the remaining three. At the end of February I’ll decide whether I can editing and write at the same time. If I can, I’ll start putting UYAFI-related thoughts to paper!

I have to remember that editing comes first, though. If at any time I start falling behind in my Project 2012 commitments I have to bring writing to a halt until I can catch up.

That said, I think I can do it. Merrilee’s created loose monthly targets (ie. “by 31 January you should have X done, and by 29 February you should have Y done”) and I’ll be adapting them to fit weekly targets. This will ensure I can keep up, especially if I break down the targets to daily goals (“If I do A today, and B tomorrow, I’ll meet my target this week”).

So that’s my plan. For the next few weeks I’ll be picking up some old short stories, and finishing them off! Wish me luck!

For the comments, have you ever had more than one project going? How did you go? Did you succeed, or did one project crash and burn? Any advice for winning? Let me know!

Friday, 20 January 2012

Editing Blues

So.

Twenty days into 2012 and I’m well on my way to having my manuscript completely read through by the end of January. As of now, I’m about 42K through, or a little bit over half way.

So far, it all seems to be going well. There’s been a few chapters which will need rewriting, but nothing major. But then I read on Merrilee’s blog that most people will be rewriting roughly 75% of their novel.

75%

*headdesk*
*headdesk*
*headdesk*

My problem, it seems, is that I’m reading like a reader, not like a writer. I’m reading the story, but not taking it in with a writer’s critical eye. So now, it looks like I’ll be going back through the 42,000 words I’ve already read, trying to look at it like a writer.

I hate editing.

Now it’s your turn. How are you going with your writing? Please tell me you’re doing better than me. Let me know in the comments!

Friday, 13 January 2012

Thoughts

So… nearly halfway through January, and this is only my second post of the year… I’ve been pretty busy these past few weeks, but I thought I’d share what’s been on my mind lately:

Eragon: I’m loving the Inheritance Cycle. I got Paolini’s latest book, Inheritance, for Christmas, and I’ve been rereading the first three since a few days after Christmas. I’ve finished Eragon and I’m nearly two-thirds of the way through Eldest. I’ve been shown the light regarding Paolini’s poor writing skills (which I had never really seen before) and now I’m seeing examples of bad writing everywhere. That said, I’ve been sucked right into Eragon’s world, and I’m blazing through Eldest as fast as I can.

Editing: I’m off to a good start with Project 2012. I’m doing the initial read through, but this time I’ve got a handy spread sheet for keeping track of events in my WIP. I’m hoping to pick up the pace though; at this rate it’ll take me a little under six weeks just to read the manuscript!  I’m hoping to get a good session in soon!

New story idea! My next story is supposed to be a rewrite of POSEIDON’S TRIDENT, but for the past couple of weeks I’ve had this idea for a fantasy trilogy resurface and demand attention. It’s not because of Eragon – it’s actually the other way round. I’m reading the Inheritance Cycle now (instead of after all the other books I got for Christmas) because I’m excited about fantasy at the moment! I’m not going to say too much about the idea for now, but it features a fisherman, a princess, a thief, murder, and an exiled knight after revenge. *excited*

Your turn now! What things are swirling around in your head at the moment? What books are you reading now or excited about? Let me know in the comments!

Friday, 6 January 2012

Project 2012

Last year I participated in Merrilee Faber’s ‘100 words for 100 days’ challenge, which really helped me get through my WIP and get into a routine of writing every day. Because of that challenge, I managed to write EXCALIBUR in six months, and finished in late November.

Well, I’ve taken a break from my WIP, and now I’m ready to jump back into it! I’ve never been any good at editing, and to be blunt: I hate editing. I really do. I would much rather create a new story than revise something I’ve already written. But alas, editing is kinda an essential skill for those wanting to be published.

Fortunately, Merrilee is going to save the day again! This year, she’s running Project 2012, a year-long project that will focus on editing a project from start to finish, and I’m participating! I’m going to learn how to editing my WIPs properly, and actually be held accountable. My previous attempts at editing were… well, pretty bad, and I usually gave up after a month or two.

But not this time! I don’t usually do New Year’s Resolutions, but this year I’m resolving to do Project 2012 and completely edit my novel. The year has been divided into quarters, and each quarter will focus on a different aspect: the big picture, chapters, the nitty-gritty stuff, and getting ready to submit. At the end of 2012, I’ll have a polished manuscript, and query letter, and a synopsis!

If you’re interested, I’m sure it’s not too late to sign up!

For the comments, what New Year’s Resolutions do you have? Do you think you’ll be able to keep them? Let me know!