Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thursday’s Thoughts - 2010-07-29

Thursday’s Thoughts - 2010-07-29

Thursday, July 29

On my method of working on my novel, I wish to discuss how I finally made it to the end of the first draft. Right now, the manuscript is a bit ragged and disjointed.

In order to get to this point, I started with writing three to five sentence paragraph descriptions for each scene. Taking these descriptions, I expanded them into outlines. This means that for this book, I built 115 scene descriptions which became 115 outlines.

Once I got all the outlines built, the process of writing the book became much easier. Needless to say, I did not stick to the outlines. When an idea popped to mind, I put it into the scene. Like I said earlier this month, I put a note along with the idea telling me to go back and foreshadow the event.

Now that I made it to the end of my novel, I can go back and pull those notes and answer some questions that I may have asked. I will go back through all of my scenes to see if I can fill in the gaps and insert some names. You see; I substituted numbers for unknown names of people and places in my sci-fi book. With the main characters and places, I have no problem remembering names. It’s some of the secondary characters and out-of-the-way places that I can’t seem to remember at times.

I am sure that I have one or two scenes that I need to move around. Plus, I may even add a few scenes since my 100K book sits at 91K. I may need to add another 9,000 words to get it up to where I want it to be.

The thing is that I now need to go through and edit which I hope will be easier. I will find out soon whether or not it will be. I know that if given a chance, I probably could edit the piece to death over a period of years and never get it finished.

Once I get my first major edit out of the way, I may enlist the help of some friends to see if they can point out how perfect my work is.


Okay, you can stop laughing now. Seriously, stop laughing, please. (Big Grin).

I know as the author of the piece that I can be too close to it to see mistakes that would normally jump out and bite me on my protruding proboscis. Once I get to the final draft, I will finally force myself to send it off.

So, those are my thoughts for today. How is your work progressing?

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