I've ripped out quite a bit of exposition from Chapter 1 because it simply retells a story already told by others (e.g. Edith Hamilton). I chose to begin in medias res because it makes more sense to jump into the story there and later put pieces of the original ms in there. It is said that the first five pages make or break a book, so I am hoping that mine make it work. The reader will have much to piece together as the story unfolds.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
I have spent much of the week tweaking the first chapter, largely to make it flow better with my current style, but also to fix a few errors. I'll spent today on it more, and I'm usually good for 3 -4 hours of work on it before my mind becomes addled. :)
Monday, June 22, 2009
Well, I went home to grab lunch around 2 p.m. and began working again on the chapter 1 edit. I had to redo a little piece of the beginning to make it fit better, which I think I did. I'll be continuing tomorrow, maybe at Panera, maybe not. The chairs are not that comfortable. My problem with working at home is that I have too many distractions.
But... I feel invigorated once again to keep going. One way or the other, this book will be edited. Then, I will seek out the next step. I might post a little piece here once I am comfortable enough with it, so stay tuned (all of you who are following me).
Panera's the best place to work, largely because it has free Internet, but also because I can get a reasonably healthy snack whenever I want. This morning will be largely about assessing the beginning of the novel and seeing if it has the **KAPOW** factor it should have. I have this blog to keep me honest, so those who have an interest in my book can keep up with my progress. I know I have been working on this novel for over 25 years, so it's about damn time I do something with it. I've had a level of frustration with it because I know how much time and energy it will take to get it publishable, and I sometimes wonder whether it's worth the effort. But, then I think about the 1100 pages I have already done and think, "You'd better publish it, no matter whether it sells 20 copies or 20,000 copies!" I make no claims to be as good as someone like Tolkein or as popular as other fantasy writers. Also, I expect my critics to be constructive.
Here I go...
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Since much time has passed since its last edit, I will endeavor to edit the behemoth that is my manuscript (henceforth referred to as 'ms') so that it is not published posthumously. Since the beginning was written quite a while ago, I have to bring it up to the more modern style I have adopted in the past few years. While I won't be writing anything new (that's the plan), I will be tweaking, twisting, and kneading the words I have thus far into something fluid and relevant.
The edit begins Monday, June 23. Since it offers WiFi, Panera will more than likely be the place of choice to do the work (I can also eat while I am there, since I know my blood sugar would otherwise drop to catastrophic levels while I am crafting my words). I'll post sporadically just to keep myself on track, as well as to let anyone who cares know what I am doing, or how I am feeling throughout the process.
My goal is to finish editing the ms by the end of the summer. We'll see how I do.