Work continues on Salvage, Book 1, Part 2. I’m writing new scenes and expanding skeletal scenes to more robust ones. I’m not worrying too much about critiques, either outgoing or incoming, this month.
The draft of Part 1 of Salvage received more tinkering. It’s a good way for me to warm up my writing brain.
I don’t want to go overboard tweaking the first part of Salvage endlessly — and I haven’t. Drafting of Part 2 is coming along.
I’ve also formed some thoughts on an essay on Christian music lyrics as well as an article about Amazon’s Echo. It’s been a change of pace from my fiction work, rather refreshing mentally.
I’m also building relationships with other writers, swapping critiques, and I’m nailing down alpha readers for polished drafts of Salvage.
Deliberations continue about meeting other writers face-to-face. Conferences? I’m not quite ready yet. However, the bigger city an hour away has writer meetups. I may check them out in June.
That’s all for this month.
Part 1 of Salvage, Episode 1, is almost drafted! It’s taken awhile, but it’s closer than it’s ever been. So exciting!
There’s always more to learn about the craft of writing, and more to revise. Meanwhile, I’m also starting to work on finding beta readers. If you’re interested in being one, let me know.
The last fraction of Part 1 of Salvage you would think would be easy to finish. Wrapping it up has been a little more complicated, though. I’ve spent some time streamlining my writing process, specifically in the spreadsheets where I go from plot elements to scenes to scene elements. In the process, I’ve detailed each key scene a little more fully. That seems to be making writing the actual scenes go a little faster.
So, sometimes a writer has to tighten her belt, er, plot. Did I mention my unique talent for making a short story very, very long? Turns out that’s something to rein in to create a great story.
After research, thought, and analysis, I’ve tightened up the plot for Salvage’s episode 1.
I am excited for the possibilities for the coming year — the business year for my writing runs from August to August — and I’m so ready to dig in again.
I’m looking forward to making progress on…
- completing a draft of Episode 1 of the Salvage Project
- structuring the full story of Out of the Blue
- increasing the time I have to write during the week (hello, early morning!)
- networking with other writers, online and, later, in-person
- more clearly delineating my lines of business, the different genres I write in, to target audiences more specifically
- slowly jazzing up my platform with images and other forms of media beyond text
Thanks for coming along on the journey!
In large part, I will be taking a break from social media during June and July. Work is underway for GDPR-compliance, as well as some thought about writing directions.
Have a great summer!
Blame is making us sick. Splashed across mass market media, our communities, and our homes is a maelstrom of finger-pointing targeting the mighty and the ordinary alike. A different storm of blame, a sickness silent and unnoticed, also rages across our country – one where the finger-pointing is turned inward.
Hopefully these one-liners I’ve collected on the craft of writing will help you, and perhaps not just in writing.
- DON’T TAKE YOURSELF TOO SERIOUSLY
- Be true to your I.Q.
- Embrace idiosyncrasies
- Make them laugh and/or make them cry
- “…a lot of times if you’re finding that you’re having to describe things with a lot of adverbs, find a stronger verb instead” – CJ Lyons interview
- Go beyond the five senses
- Forget about being pretty
- Don’t fall into stereotypes
- “Verbs are the foot soldiers of action-based description”
Work continues on the Salvage project, and I’m starting to spend time thinking about structure for the Blue project — occasionally even the Sifa and Peter project.