I finished chapter three and I’m halfway through four. I’ve done about a thousand words. Despite having an entire day off from work I didn’t try any writing until 8pm 😦 I just didn’t seem to get into the mood. Maybe it’s a case that I’m becoming a night time writer.
Tuesday, 14th November ’17
I edited a few more chapters of Save One. It took me an hour to do one page 😦 I had to re-write who sections and go back and fix them. I think I might have come up with another story idea, but there’s no plot yet just interesting scenes.
Friday, 10th November ’17
I only wrote half a chapter.
Then I went and I played around making a physical copy of my books through CreateSpace.
Then I went and watched a lot of CreateSpace unboxing videos. Those people have better book covers than I do 😦 But then I did all my covers myself.
Less than ten days until I return to Edinburgh.
Thursday, 2nd November ’17: Day 3
It just occurred to me that this is the most similar thing to a diary that I’ve kept. In the past, I’ve attempted trying to keep one but I just felt that it was a waste of my time. I felt that it wasn’t going anywhere for me. Even though people recommend that writers keep one. So anyway here was what I did with my day;
- 9am: start editing the Chloris. spent that time getting perpetually distracted by the internet.
- watched a lot of youtube videos about writing and storytelling.
- wrote a blog post for the Tune Trilogy.
- 10:30pm: edited about 16 pages. I’m just at chapter nine. I feel that I didn’t do as much as I could have, even though some pages alone took twenty minutes to edit. For some reason when I hit no. seven the editing got easier (or I lowered my standards) 😦 I have another seven chapter to get through before I reach the end of what I’ve written. I think I might be only a quarter or third of the way through.
I came across a new phrase in creative writing today. Potato chip chapters. I just heard about it in a series of new youtube videos I’m watching. It’s mentioned at around 6.50. It means that your chapters are really short. I do write my stories with short chapters because I don’t pad them out with superfluous words. I guess you could say that most of my stories have potato chips in them 🙂
I went and looked for more information on these types of chapters and haven’t come across much. There is this reference from 2015, the video was from mid-2016. It seems that it’s a rare phrase. The article mentions that their opinion of chip chapters was 2,000 words, but some of mine are only half that. My scenes are short and to the point. What can I say?
There is another article that talks about this in more depth. It’s really good, has a lot of information on about story writing and structure as well 🙂