Monthly Archives: March 2012
Editing into the night is F-U-N… right? *taps mic* Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
I have a strange method of editing a first draft. One my fingers and wrists abhor.
I re-write the entire thing. I mean, I have my original draft open, and my new one, and I go through it scene-by-scene, line-by-line, re-typing the entire novel. I am not sure why I do it this way, or where I learned it, but I’ve done it this way since I can remember. From the earliest drafts of the unnamed kidnapping story I wrote in 6th grade to Death in the Family, Will & Audra, The Eternal Defenders trilogy, every unfinished version of Madaya… all of them have been edited with a full-on rewrite.
It works though (for me). Because I already have the gist of the story, the majority of the prose, themes, et cetera worked out and on the page, when I re-type it, I can focus less on speedily barfing the ideas onto the page before they vanish and more on actual content. I tweak each sentence and paragraph as I come to them, then make overriding edits to chapters and whatnot as needed. I also have a list of changes/fixes that I found upon first read-through (which comes between First Draft and Second Draft) and I consult that as I go, making sure to add or subtract or alter as necessary.
The WIP I am currently editing is (working title) Incandescence. It is a large departure from the sort of high fantasy I have been focused on for the past decade or so. Then again, it is also a fantasy novel with magic and mayhem and revolves around the end of a civilization (something I adore). Modern day fantasy in the ‘real world’ is something I have never tried before. And although I am really fond of some of my characters, the first draft was (thank you NaNoWriMo & sprinting) ROUGH.
So editing it into a manageable size (it currently stands at nearly 160,000 words with several scenes remaining to be added in) and sewing up a few gaping plot holes is going to be a b*tch.
The good news is, I have re-written 5001 words in the past six hours and am making headway. Progress for the win.
The bad news is, the longer this takes to re-write, the more my fingers itch to get to work on any of a dozen other projects I have in the pipeline. Between the boisterous new voices in my head, begging to get their turn to be immortalized in ink, the collaborations I am working on with Mr. Morgan, and the grumpy grumbling of characters who have been stuck on the back burner for years – I’m definitely not at a loss for projects. Just time.
C’est la vie!
Such is the life of a wordslave like myself.
Love & Rainbows,
I will not pretend to be any sort of expert on branding. I have been writing for years, but it is only in the past year or so that I have really started watching the self-pub and e-book world. It is a boom-town of first-timers, indie artists and veteran authors, incredibly gifted storytellers and those with much to learn. It is a brave new world where those with the fortitude and determination enough to see it through, can find success in the writing world without corporate sponsorship.
It is, quite frankly, an exciting time to be a creative writer. There is opportunity everywhere!
This is not to say that it is an easy path. Gosh, no. In fact, in some ways, it seems like it is more work, more difficult, than being a ‘published’ author twenty years ago. If you’re looking to succeed now, not only are you responsible for writing your piece, and often editing it (or finding editors to do it for you), marketing it, acquiring a suitable cover, publicizing it, and so on and so forth.
Thus, in addition to trying to meet my daily/weekly/monthly/project-based writing goals, I am also struggling to build a brand. No – in all honesty, at this point, I am just trying to figure out how to build a brand. How to make www.penelopeprice.net more visible, how to set-up and begin using Twitter, to run a Facebook page, how to get my novels (once completed!) onto Amazon and/or Smashwords, how to attract good reviews and lots of sales.
Thankfully, I am not alone in this endeavor. Not only do I have the illustrious, brilliant, magnificent Jack Morgan, but I have found several communities of wonderful folks on Facebook and around the web who are supportive, knowledgeable, helpful and basically – amazing.
Still, its a daunting thing to consider. Especially when trying to balance a day job, family life, a social life, and all manner of other responsibilities. I am exhausted just thinking about all I have to do.
So on that note, I sign off and return to editing “Incandescence”, my current WIP.
Love & Rainbows,
Greetings and salutations.
Welcome to Priceless – the blog of author Penelope Price. I know, I know. There isn’t much here yet, but that will change in time. In the meantime, let me just begin by saying a) Thank you for visiting and b) Please come back again soon! There will be more content, information, snippets of forthcoming works, and whatever feels fit to post.
Love & Rainbows,