Brain Break

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After working on re-writes for almost three months straight I realized that I needed a break. I closed the file holding my book in progress and I picked up a book to read, when that one was finished, I picked up another… and another… and another.. ok, to make a long story short, in the last week I have finished 13 books. I have a couple more I would really really like to read, but I just don’t have them yet.

But I am refreshed, and ready to get back to the task at hand. Finishing what I think of in my mind as Book One, not because it is my first book, it isn’t, but because it is the first book in a series that I have planned out in my head. I need to finish this one so I can move on to Book Two.

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Realization.

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I realized while editing this evening that I am halfway through my book (chapter 21 out of currently 41 chapters) and I have yet to introduce my male lead. It’s ok though, he will be introduced soon. Plus, I have to admit, I have added two chapters since I started editing.

I’m ok with not having him yet. This isn’t a romance, and it’s a series. We have lots of time to see him.

Milestone achieved.

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I achieved a major milestone in my writing today. This morning while working on editing I hit the 75,000 mark. This is equivalent to about 300 pages. I still have a lot of work to do, but this is a major number that makes me excited. Now to get back to work and see what else I can accomplish today.

Progress strikes.

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Yesterday while editing I determined that I had a chapter that needed major changes, like cut into two chapters and new characters introduced, (not just introduced sooner, entirely new characters! EEEKS!) creating a whole new scene kind of major.

So I opened up my Scrivener and got started, first I had to enter the changes to the previous chapter and the ones to the existing chapter up to the split. Then I had to determine all the details of what would happen in the new space created by the split.

I planned most of that out overnight, yes, I make writing plans leading up to and while I am sleeping, it keeps me sane. Well… sane-ish. So I got up this morning knowing roughly what I needed to do. And around the efforts of getting children off to school and Hubster off to play Weekend Warrior I started getting it all down. I finished the chapter that I split and I built the lead up to the second half of the original chapter, that is now the new chapter.

I whined that there was no one on Yahoo for me to chat with while I worked, I took the only non-sick child in the house out to soccer practice. We did the whole dinner thing for the family.

I got the chapters done. They are rewritten. Now I have to print them out again and work on editing them. The changes I have made here are going to effect the rest of the story, not plot wise but it will still echo. The new characters I introduced can’t just poof, they are people who will recur over and over in the story, so I will have to add them in at the appropriate places, along with the interactions with them that the story will require. But this has solved one of my major missing elements, and I feel good about it.

Plus, 2000 words in an edit day is outstanding. 

General update.

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Yes, I know, things on the blog have been slow, and kinda one subject for a while. But I have big news!! I’m still stuck in the NaNoWriMo hole!! Though a little differently. I hit 65k words the day before Thanksgiving (65,000 words, which equals about 260 pages, in only 24 days, who knew it could be done, much less that *I* could do it?) and I set it aside so I could concentrate on my holiday preparations. After we had finished with our celebration, on Saturday. I tried to go back to my novel on Sunday and I just couldn’t face it. I knew I had some changes that needed to be made, some missing scenes, and at least on scene that needs some major cuts. But I couldn’t force myself to concentrate long enough to get anything done. So I gave up. I stopped trying to force myself to work on this when it just wasn’t working and I took several days off.

On Tuesday when it had been almost a week since I had done anything on my story, I was feeling antsy and unable to concentrate on anything, not writing, not knitting or watching TV, I was a mess. I came to the conclusion that part of my problem was that I still had more story to tell. I had started this book with the vision of creating a series, and though I had most of the first story out, I still had lots of story floating around in my head. So I dug out a new composition book and started making notes and working on the plot for the next book. Several pages later I felt much better. I determined that I needed to go back to my notes from book 1 and check details on a specific character. (Yes, I have a spreadsheet with all the character details so I don’t get them mixed up. That is something that drives me nuts when I’m reading and I’m determined not to be guilty of it myself.) So I looked up what I needed and finished my notes for the time being.

Once I had all the book 2 plots and ideas out of my head and on to paper, I realized that I could now go back and work on editing book 1. That my thoughts on book 2 had been clogging things up and that now that I had them out, my mind could flow again. So that is what I have spent the last several days doing. In between loads of laundry, cooking dinner, filling cups, chasing kids, enforcing rules and smacking a husband who thinks up shit for me to do when he thinks I’m not busy enough, I read and edit a chapter at a time.

I am currently about 20% of the way through my first edit.  I still carry my composition book with me every where I go, so that I can take notes as things occur to me. When I finish this edit I will put book 1 away for a while and work on writing up book 2. I will edit book 1 at least once more, if not two or three times. But it will need to rest so I can look at it with a fresh perspective (plus, after book 2 is written it may give me more perspective into my characters or things that need to be changed.) I really want to have at least two books in the series done before I submit the first to publishers. We will see how that works out and how long it takes me.