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I’m editing weekends, probably through the end of April. I’m 14k words into the 3rd draft. Work, work, work. Then on to beta readers, hopefully. 🙂

Also, I found a cool new (to me) website.

http://hemingwayapp.com/

Simple editor that will show you reading level, number of adverbs, passive use and complexity of your sentences. You simply paste in some text to the “Write” pane and click “Edit”. Simple!

I typically use Grammarly, which is powerful. However, Hemingwayapp is web based, FREE, and simple. Check it out!

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Take one down, chop it around, 98 scenes to edit on the wall.

And so it goes. I’m heads down on the third draft of my first book.

I spent the last few days of December and all of January working on the second book. I got in nearly 30k words. And I like the story so far. Good thing.

But now, back to editing. The third draft “should” be good. I’ve gotten two scenes done this Valentines weekend. I took a four-day writing holiday, President’s day and all.

The goal here is to be done with the third draft before the PNWA writers conference in July. I do well when I have measurable items to accomplish. Just looking at the manuscript as a whole is impossibly daunting. But, looking at it as a collection of scenes to be editing, expanded or deleted makes the effort possible.

Here goes!

 

The majority of first draft content is copied over into the new scene structure. There was much rejoicing. Now I can get back to the fun part of actual writing. There are plenty of scenes with little to no content. Onward.

I was able to do some writing over the weekend. Finally did a fun section where the protag and antag meet for the first time and work out the deal that drives the remainder of the book.

Most importantly I redid the outline for the book. I feel much better about the beginning of the book. It starts slower but lays important groundwork without a bunch of backstory. I was asking too much of my reader in the previous version. The trick will be to establish a good pace early.

That’s about it.
Hope everyone is being productive and happy.

One piece of editorial advice I got from my, well, editor of course, was that my world was not described enough nor built. So, I’m spending time dreaming the details of my world. I know some of the information, but I need to get it out of my head and onto the page.

I flew down to Fresno yesterday to watch of friend of mine and his band play at an outdoor festival today. He was the lead singer in our band back in the 70’s. Life got in the way of our fame. >.< :D. What in tarnation does that have to do with world building, Ty? Well, I want the heat and dust of Fresno, and the coastlands of Santa Cruz. Fresa Cruz? Santa Fres? Fresean? Oceano? Hmm. Naming will have to come later.

What's important about this world? Maybe the stuffs that relate to the plot? One place on the world will be desolate, dusty, and, gasp, weedy. One will be lush and stroked by ocean breezes. One will be orderly, structured, prosperous and somehow enticing. A world building here I go!

I’m on vacation.
It’s in the 80’s in Seattle.
My mom’s visiting. (we get along, even my wife gets along with her, she’s a peach).
I’m anxious to get started on my second draft.
But, it’s soooo beautiful outside.
There’s like bright stuff and warmth and junk.
I’m struggling to get to my reader.
I’m gonna go sit outside. We don’t get much of this kinda weather.
Please forgive me. I’ll be back.

This has been a good break. I’ve read three books, reviewed them, and am finishing up a fourth (Cory Doctorow – Little Brother). Hoping to finish this book by Saturday night so I can pick back up the editing process on Sunday.

Here’s hoping!Image

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