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Morning Pages Entry – May 16, 2014

Editing is taking way longer then I wanted it to. I think I only got through maybe 4500 words yesterday. I think, I may be over editing things to the point of completely rewriting every sentence. I have to be careful not to to that. Some sections I’ve written are definitely in need of more edit work then others, but I shouldn’t be going overboard, and just rewriting every sentence I come across as a rule. The idea, is to smooth out the words, and get the ideas across succinctly, without beating the reader over the head with it. You don’t need to rewrite every single sentence. I would hope. I have definitely noticed, that my sections of narrative are the ones in the most need of rewriting. My dialogue seems to be more presentable in the first draft. Maybe, that’s another good reason, to write more dialogue, and less narrative as you go. It was one of the comments in the CritiqueCircle comments that several people repeated, and one that I would agree with. If your dialogue is more presentable on a first draft, then perhaps yo should write more of it. Not to mention, that you’ll have more opportunities to do character development, if your characters are talking more. That would make the story more interesting for the reader. And, when it comes to editing, things should go much quicker. It’s probably partially due to the fact, that I don’t have as many run on sentences in my dialogue as I do in my narrative. That’s another thing, I need to go back and address in the first chapter or so. When I first started editing, I went a little overboard on the long sentence, and basically shorten the crap out of every line. Right now, when I go back and read the first chapter, it seems really choppy. I need to lengthen some sentences, and maybe join a few sentences together. Just to get the rhythm and flow working a little better. Right now, it seems to short and staccato. Just another thing to keep in mind when editing. I had hoped to have the full draft edited by the end of today, but as of this morning I still have about 25K left to edit. So much for my 20K editing per day. Not sure where I got that number from today. It must have been from some of my earlier editing sessions, when I wasn’t quite looking for as much stuff. I think, I was just making sure that everything was spelled right and the sentences made sense. I wasn’t looking for over explanation and overly wordy sentences. Those are the two main things on my hit list at the moment. If I get those two tendencies out of my way, when I go back to first draft writing, then I can probably get my first editing pass down to 20K per day. Or, my 5K within an hour or two. Right now, there’s just so much that needs correcting, it’s bogging me down ridiculously. I do, need to get through this first section though. I so close, and when I do, then I can address where I go with the rest of the novel. I need enough words to get it back up to over 400 pages. And, I need to know I have a process in place, where I can crank out a 250 or so word novel every month. The next process that I haven’t really done yet in great detail, is the outlining. Hopefully that won’t take too long, but I have a feeling it will be longer than I had hoped given that it’s my first time doing a detailed outline. Just, take the seven point structure, and lay out your scenes. Make sure they have some conflict and emotional response as laid out in the scene/sequel cycle. If I can successfully those techniques for the outlining process, I will have a much more interesting novel going forward. Part of me thinks, that maybe if I hold back on publishing the first two novels, until the outline is done for the third, perhaps I can even do some minor rewriting on the first two to make them better. Not so sure about that, but it’s something to think about. I would like to have all three novels out there published as close together as possible. That would give me a good angle from a marketing perspective. I don’t want to put things off for too long though.

TIGERBLOOD: yep DAILYMOOD: anxious LOCATION: home office WORDSWRITTEN: editing PUSHUPS: 4:00 wall sit TODO: editing TV: supernatural BOOK: none GAME: none EXERCISE: none WEIGHT: 170 BREAKFAST: bacon & eggs LUNCH: big ass salad DINNER: tuscan chicken salad (east side marios) SNACKS: orange, grapes, 2 lara bars ALCOHOL: none BEDTIME: 11:00 AWAKE: 6:00

 

Morning Pages Entry – May 11, 2014

I’m having thoughts this morning, about breaking out my current novel, into multiple books. I had thought about it a while ago with going to two seperate books. It’s over 300 pages right now as it stands. It would be pretty nice to have multiple books, and it’s not without precedence to have multiple shorter books do very well. Jeff Olah is doing very well with his “Dead Years” series that are all under 100 pages each. I was thinking, if I went that way, I could release 3 books now, make one of them free, and then even issue an obmibus of the first 3 books. I think, that jeff has his prices at about 1.50 each. If you did that, it would give you at like four books out there. That’s sort of cool actually. I’ve got time, before my editor is ready for me, to likely flesh out the stories a bit more, and then have her edit all of them as one big book. I would just have to give it some thought up front, about where I would make the splits. You would still want each individual book to be complete. There would need to be some resolution to each one. You can have some exciting cliff hangers to a degree I think. But you also need to give the reader some resolution to each story. I don’t want to be getting bad reviews over too short stories, that don’t do anything but leave big cliff hangers. I could, go from zero books to having four different releases out there pretty quick. That would be pretty cool. It would definitely still take some marketing to get them off the ground. FaceBook ads might be a good thing to consider in that case. The ads seem to be a good boost for getting the money flowing in a little bit faster. I do have to do a bit more writing, I think to get this done, in time for my editor. But, wow, it would be nice to have those books out there before I plunk my butt down at the boat this summer. Not that I’m really going to get that much time at the boat I don’t think. By the time the kids are done school, then Mark and Family will be here for their visit. You could have all those books out there before that happens. That again would be nice. It would be nice, to have those out there and making some money before I have to make small talk with everyone about how business is doing. That’s for sure. I really like the idea of having all those works out there in the public eye. I just, need to do it in such a way, that each story is good, and stands on it’s own. I don’t want it to look, like it’s just a marketing thing for the books. Even if it sort of is. Of course, you can always change things up later on. Combine books, or promote them differently. I need to do some research about pricing with the books as well. A first free book always seems to be a good way to go, but some authors are having success, with 99 cents for their first book as well. This could be a game changer, I think, if I pull it off appropriately. You get to write a few more thousand words before going to the editor, and getting the books a first or second round editing pass by yourself. It would be really nice, if you could be making some money before the summer is in full swing. Then, if you started cranking out two hundred page novels every few weeks, that would make things even more interesting. Normally, it does take time for the novels to get traction, so you may still have to do some waiting. Unless of course, you can get the facebook ads to speed things up a bit. Not sure. There were some posts in the Kindling FB page about releasing multiple books all at once. I can’t remember what Geoff said, but I would think, that putting them all out there at once is OK. Especially, if you just keep writing the next ones in the series. It might still take some time for things to kick into gear. I’m going to have to mull this over a bit. It’s not irrevocable, if you do it with multiple books. You can always pull the shorter ones if you wanted, and just leave the omnibus versions out there with different covers.

TIGERBLOOD: some DAILYMOOD: good LOCATION: living room WORDSWRITTEN: none PUSHUPS: none TODO: swim meet, edit, write, read, wash dodger / bimini TV: dinosaurs BOOK: hyperion GAME: none EXERCISE: paint boat WEIGHT: 170 BREAKFAST: none LUNCH: none DINNER: bacon & eggs SNACKS: orange, grapes ALCOHOL: none BEDTIME: 11:00 AWAKE: 6:00