Before life kicked me off the writing wagon in January, I was making good progress with volume 2. I had 113,000 words down – success! Later on I realized that a good junk of that might end up in volume 3. I also realized that I’d have rewrite a large portion because while the plot was exactly as I wanted, the characters had gotten away from me; their interactions and such. They weren’t who I wanted them to be – not Rukh or Jessira or anyone from volume 1 but new characters. I have to alter these new characters so events in volume 3 have more emotional resonance.
Well, now I’m back to writing, and I thought I’d ease myself into it by editing what I’ve already written. It was quite a relief to find that what I’d already written for volume 2 wasn’t crap, and only needed minor changes. But small changes make for a much better book. I’ve gotten rid of extraneous words (I’m a horrible over-writer) and as a result, the narrative flow is much smoother.
My editing is motoring along, and I have now reached the parts where I’ll have to start rewriting scenes. It won’t be too bad (fingers crossed).
Whoops! Forgot to mention that I temporarily dropped the price on A Warrior’s Path to $0.99. The price is good through Tuesday.
I wish I knew how to make a progress bar, but anyway, draft one of A Warrior’s Knowledge is about 60% complete. I’ve also outlined at least 1/2 of the remaining portion. Now all I have to do is write.
Now that my stupdenously annoying and difficult ten year recertification exam is over – HUZZAH!!! I get to get back to writing volume 2 of The Castes and the OutCastes.
But not until I finish reading The Raven’s Shadow by Elspeth Cooper. So far this year, in just these four months, I’ve probably read more than I had all of the last two years, nearly all of it epic fantasy, and most of it rather large misses. My favorite book thus far was actually a book of poetry, Inside Out & Back Again.
So it was with trepidation that I purchased Ms. Cooper’s latest book. I really enjoyed the first novel in her series, Songs of the Earth, but didn’t care as much for Trinity Rising, but I find myself enjoying this latest edition quite a lot – other than wanting to whack Gair upside the head for being such a sniveling whiner.