November Writing Status

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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Writing Status: Salvage, Part 1

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.

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Writing Status: Improving Plot Structure for Salvage, Ep. 1

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.

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August Kickoff

Photo: Pixabay on Pexels

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!

Quick Tips from the Writing Notes

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”

 

December Status

I have my first critique partner!  So exciting!

My novel and children’s series continue on hold.  I’m working on a revision of my science fiction short story, incorporating feedback from online and from my critique partner.

It’s been interesting learning how to add more emotion beats to my write and learning that sometimes the subtlety I shoot for — well, sometimes it’s just too subtle for the reader.