• On a Monday, There’s a Funny Post Title

    Ah, I’m done with revising a 100,000 novel that someone sent me. I had a lot of changes to make for it, and let’s just say it reminded me of a lot of fan fiction that I read. And I wonder, whenever I get done looking at someone’s work, what do people see when they look at my work. Do they see something juvenile? Professional? Do they imagine they’re reading this in a paperback form, or as someone living out their video game dreams and television wishes. My goal here is to write like the real writers write – without overwriting, or scenes that don’t go anywhere or meander –…

  • Black Hole Son Restructured

    Finally got some non-work writing time set aside last night. I spent most of it doing some heavy, heavy restructuring. Basically I moved half of Character B’s scenes up by one. What happens now is that Character A has top billing, but Character B has a longer intro scene. Hopefully this will augment the balance between the two. This came as a result of me realizing that I’m a sixth of the way through the story, and I’m still at 165,000 words. More drastic measures have to be taken to reduce the word count. One part of me says its too early to be making drastic decisions like this, that…

  • Band Name of the Day: Darling Genocide

    I recently came upon a conflict in my novel between the writer and the story. The story wanted to get rid of an extraneous bit of narrative that was no more than political editorial. The writer saw the soundness of this in the first part, but the second part made him want to put it back in, because it led to a lovely bit of writing with perfect transition and information dump. This caused great turmoil in the writer’s mind, as he didn’t want to lose this bit of dialogue, but he also didn’t want to inflate his already obese story. He tried to think of ways to replace it,…

  • Low Points in Writing Today

    Low points in writing today. This weekend I spent some idle time compiling the table of contents for Black Hole Son – a list of which scene is currently where. It looks so jumbled it seems hopeless. The pacing looks completely off. Some scenes need to be combined, some need to be rearranged. I’ve already moved up one of Character B’s scenes a day because I needed some more filler so Character A didn’t consume the whole time. That’s the problem, sometimes Character A consumes everything, sometimes Character B does, but it’s so disjointed that it’s uneven, and I’m afraid the reader won’t know that he/she is supposed to pay…

  • Black Hole Son Draft #2 Started

    Well, draft 2 of Black Hole Son is started, and boy howdy, does it need work. I’m glad I didn’t show this to anyone yet, it’s so not ready for prime time. I don’t know about the rest of the novel, but the whole beginning needs restructuring. Character B is getting one of Character A’s scenes, and I was able to eliminate 2 pages by revising the first 4. It’s slow going, but like I said before, I suck at beginnings. And beginnings are arguably the most important part of the novel, even more than the ending. By the ending, they’ve already bought the book, so who cares. At least…

  • Blood 2 Now Available

    You’ve heard me talk about it – now go read it. Blood 2: The Unforgiven is now available in either serial format on FanFiction.net, or you can read the whole thing from the Blood Wiki. See the 1/8th of the iceberg for the 7/8 of work I put into it. I’ve been debating about whether to update my personal Blood website with the story. I’ve already got the stories on the file system, I just need to edit the HTML to include the links. It wouldn’t be too much effort to do that, but I don’t want to make it a big involved thing like Blood: ILA was. That had…

  • Blood 2 is Done, Now What?

    So now it’s back to the real world of writing – where nothing is even close to being finished and you’ve got a mountainous queue of stories waiting to be written, like ghosts that only you can see, and they all want something different. I stepped into Black Hole Son today to make some small changes that I thought of yesterday. This reminded me that it’s 321 pages. The story I just worked on so arduously stayed around 210 pages. This is 50% longer. True, it’s in first draft form, but I’m having trouble thinking of stuff I can cut. With Blood 2, it was easy. I could have cut…

  • My First Rejection Letter

    Revisions on Blood 2 are going… well, they’re going. I’m on page 65 out of 250. But I can only get about 10 pages in an hour. And it’s only going to be worse on Black Hole Son, which has 10,000 more words. So it’s slow. I see why most writers neglect the revising process – it’s grueling. It’s like going to the dentist. All you ever see are the things you get wrong, and get lectures about how you need to do this more. And you get each little thing picked at and picked at and picked at, until it’s like, “aren’t you done yet? Haven’t you got everything?”…

  • Black Hole Son Complete

    As of 1/6/08, I’m considering the first draft of Black Hole Son complete. All 167,000 words of it. And there’s still more to write. I still have to do a revision 1.5, add in all the bits that I considered, but I’m not going to do that for about six weeks or so. My kid will be born by then! But that’s why I haven’t been here. Had to concentrate on it. So, in the meantime, I’m revising Blood 2. I originally was going to work on some short stories, but I figured I owed it to finish this monkey on my back. I’m not sure who I owe it…

  • Revising Avatar is done

    Revising Avatar is done, I think. After restructuring the first half (to move up the conflict), I pared it down 1500 words (to a total of 6500). I didn’t think that was possible, but after restructuring, some stuff just didn’t fit anymore. It was expositionary, and I miss it, but I think the story is better without it. I think most of the information is communicated already. Now all it needs is a few days incubation, and then a coat of polish, and it’s ready to send out into the world. I’ll need to read up on how to format it as a proper manuscript, and then start keeping track…