Draft 5 of Save One complete

Beautiful-African-Woman-174795229_2560x3835_preview4largeI was able to get Chris to have a look at Save One and give me his thoughts. He said it was good, but the ending was a little off. I know that writers shouldn’t give their work to people like spouses, friends or those they’re sleeping with (three strikes for Chris), but I know he won’t mislead me on his opinion of it.

But when I was going through it after I saw so many mistakes that he hadn’t commented on. He told me that the story read good and it makes me wonder how many mistakes people notice. Becuase when I read something I think I pick up on a lot of things, but that might be because I’ve got my editing glasses on.

You can see what I did to the text. I did a lot of line and individual word editing. I expanded some scenes, I didn’t take too much out of it. It is just under 33,000 words. Maybe this will be done by mid-year? I hope that’s the case.

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Save One book cover

I went and finally created the cover image for Save One. I had this particular image in the back of my head for such a long time now. I experimented with other images, but my mind kept going back to this one. I really think that it’s a decent representation of my story.

The main character is a black teenager and given that the story is a dystopian set in a military state, I didn’t really find any images that embodied that environment. So naturally, I went and found something that I think represents the main character. And since I know almost nothing about image manipulation I kept it simple 🙂

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A new YA Dystopian is born

I literally got a new story idea for a young adult dystopian story two days ago. It just popped into head seemingly out of nowhere and I think I have a good skeleton structure for it 🙂

The main character is sixteen-year-old Saoirse, she resides in a country that for the last three generations have been in a state of war with its southern neighbour. The story follows her life in a dystopian military state where if you want to gain citizenship you have to follow their rules. For women, it’s ten years civil/military service or four children. For men, it’s twenty years military service for able-bodied individuals or equivalent civil service for those deemed not capable of fighting.

Saoirse’s story is about her coming to understand the world she lives in at large and how she might survive it, if possible.