Stalled with your writing? Go back and edit what you’ve done.

So I’m working on this new book/duology storyline. I have major events near the beginning defined, but I do not have as much nearer the end. I know it’s a good story so I’ve gone ahead and started writing under the assumption that I’ll work out the kinks as I go.

Well, every so often I come across a part in the story where I do not know what is going to happen next or when to put a certain scene in so it’s a little like writer’s block. To fix this and to maximise my time I go back and edit what I’ve done. I find that it gets me re-inspired to continue my story. I think it works because I’ve gone back through my storyline and have figured out a way to re-work something or add something new or find a fault that needs to be fixed 🙂

Also, I think that with this story by the time I’ve finished it’s going to be a case where I’ve already edited large chunks so that my first draft won’t be such a dumpster fire 🙂

I have a title for my new YA fantasy

So far I’ve written quite a bit for this story 🙂 But there have been times when I get stuck because I’m mostly pantsing it with a very rough outline of where things should head. When this happens I go back and edit what I’ve done. I find it’s very helpful setting the story in stone. And it makes me see things that need to be changed for the future plot as well. I have also found a title for it 🙂

It’s going to be called Heir Presumptive.

Look it up to meaning to get the vibe of what the story is going to focus on 🙂 I haven’t even finished this story and I’m thinking of a sequel. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Calico has an ending

CAlico4_16002400I think I have the ending of this story down. I started writing the story last year when I went back to Australia for a bit. Since then it had stalled because while I had a decent beginning I didn’t know how this story ended and that meant I couldn’t write the journey after a certain point.

But today I made myself work out what was going on and how it was going to be revealed. So far I’ve got 14,000 words written and I’m certain it will be a novella. I think I’m either halfway or a third through it. Hopefully I’ll have it done by the end of the year (if I manage my other projects right).

Edit of new short story

I managed to get a draft of my next short story done today 🙂 It’s only 6,500 words, but when I first started editing it was all red. It made wonder if it was going to be all like that. So for my sanity, I changed it up a bit. I decided to edit it backwards. Doing the last chapter first and so forth. I’ve never done that before and it was fun. I had to wrap my head around jolting out of the story. But I think it was a good edit. The title isn’t set in stone yet, but the one I’m working with is doing fine.

This is what the story looks like with tract changes 🙂 Some parts needed a lot of work and others, which turned out to be dialogue, not so much.

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February goals

CAlico4_16002400I may be a week into February but I’ve decided that my goal for this month will be to finish the first draft of Calico. So far I’m 12,000 words in and on chapter 6. I still don’t quite know how this book will end either. But I’m having fun writing it, even though it’s only a few hundred words at a time (because of split shifts at work). But since it’s going to be a novella I should have it done by then 🙂

 

A new novella is created

It’s 1.30am Edinburgh time and judging by the date of this post, I just finished a 31,000 novella in 24 days! I’ve been saving over the file so I don’t have exact dates. But that’s damn impressive 🙂

I’ve changed the main character’s name because it was annoying to write it as I kept spelling it wrong. I’ve thought up a title that I think will stick, I know what I’m changing in my next edit and I’m getting together some images that may help me with picking a cover image.

I’m telling you the more I write the better and faster my first drafts come into being 🙂

New science fiction mystery in the works

For the past few weeks, I’ve been digesting and forming a new science fiction mystery novella. As I write this post I’ve already written around 9,000 words and I do not know how it’s going to end, but I’m capable of thinking up something 🙂

That being said I’ve already created the blurb for it. Tell me what you think of it.

It’s been six months since the Chloris, a survey and colonist team from a nearby planet have touched base with the Buwembo Depot Station to collect the next round of supplies. Unable to make radio contact they wait for its sister ship the Electra to arrive for resupply and reassurance. Except, like the Chloris, it doesn’t.

Not knowing what has happened and knowing that they are dependent on said supplies, a small crew is sent out to inspect and assist the assumed mechanical repairs. Except they find no crew. The residents of the two ships appear to have vanished and there is not much to go on.

Along for the journey is Sarojini, a former resident of the Chloris whose been residing on Buwembo as a carer for a cancer-stricken child. She is there to assist in their understanding and attempts to solve the mystery of the missing crews of the Chloris and Electra.

Getting re-acquainted with an old work

After a day’s break, I’m back to work on another story that I’ve left dormant for maybe months. Beyond This Little Moon of Ours is a young adult, science fiction story about a lost human colonised planet that is currently in the throws of re-discovery. The main character Medina is in a personal crisis after having lost both her mother and older brother in separate incidents. What’s more is that the outside influence of the Azeel Empire, the offworlders that re-discovered them, are imposing their presence and culture as they are fighting against terrorists bent on the destruction of the empire. Medina is stuck in the midst of this. The suspicious circumstances of his disappearance haunt her, while her community is in transition. The Azeel have brought so many benefits to their world, but what do they want outside of a base of operations against an unseen terrorist threat?

The story revolves around the upheaval of gender and society norms and expectations in a technologically devolved community. The main character is a young woman who has to decide whether finding out her brother’s fate and by extension, the activities of the Azeel empire, is more important than her station in life.

Currently, I had 35,000+ words written for the story before I left it for other projects. Now I’m planning on editing what I have and at least create a story plan for the rest of the book by end of June 🙂