Saturday, June 25, 2016

My life as an editor

First of all, I hate it. Editing is mundane and tedious. It grates on my nerves like sand in my shorts. But like all things as an author, it's a necessity. It just doesn't mean I have to like it. On that note, I'm continuing with Mage of Chaos, book 1 of #ShadowGodsSeries. However, I'm kind of doing 2 edits in one. First, I'm doing corrections off feedback from a proofreader. Second, about forty pages back, I'm doing a indepth read-thru for smoothness and making some minor changes on flow. So far, this seems to be working out well and hopefully when I'm done it won't need further edits. At least that's the goal.

That's it for now, though check out my books on Amazon.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Per the Norm

During my last post I stated I'd finished the first edit of Warrior of Chaos, book 3 of my #ShadowGodsSeries. In reality, this was a lie. My first edit is a full edit with massive changes, but also includes an additional read-thru with some tweaks in parts. Last week, I completed this second pass-thru and have now printed it off for review. Then I immediately moved onto formatting books 4 and 5 of the series, Brothers of Chaos and Times of Chaos. During those few hours, I reviewed the content of the books and began to remember the full story that I wrote so long ago. With that down, I'm back to doing the second edit of book 1, Mage of Chaos.

On another note, I started to think about my two unfinished books, Opal (of the Stone Vengeance Series) and Child of Need, a stand alone novel based on the occult. Maybe someday, I'll be able to come back to them.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Done for Now

Because of some lingering thoughts concerning the final three chapters of Warrior of Chaos, book 3 of #ShadowGodsSeries, I did some more editing and cleanup. From just reviewing a few paragraphs in my memory, I knew it wasn't right and endeavored to correct these misgivings. Now I'm done with the book. I can set it aside and go back to book 1, Mage of Chaos, and edit that for a third time. Granted, I'm already 61 pages into the edit already, but there is a lot of work still to go.

In many ways, a book is never really finished, but rather exists in several versions. At least that's the lie I tell myself as I'm publishing it. LOL

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Two Weeks

After a two week break in editing, I've binged edited 26 pages in the last 2 days. For the most part, it was refreshing, though there is a chapter I need to read through once again to make sure it flows correctly. The good part about what I've accomplished is that I'm nearing the end of the book and getting to the one revelation that the reader needs to understand in order to put one of the character's motivations into perspective.

In addition to this, I was forced to remove a couple paragraphs in a previous chapter concerning one of the characters due to perspective, but (luckily) I was able to add the content back in a bit later. I've been able to clarify some of my initial thoughts on the workings of magic within the world. I've also hinted at the abilities of one of the minor characters which now starts to show itself, becoming a much larger part of the story in the following books. So far, I like the changes I've made as I near one of the funnest chapters in the book; a scene in which two strong headed people meet for the first time. For me, the interaction is iconic and really delves into one of the character's personality.

For the most part, I like writing strong, no-nonsense women. In this #ShadowGodsSeries, that woman is Chalas. Yet, for the first few books, her sturdiness has only been hinted at. Starting at the end of book three, Warrior of Chaos, Chalas really starts to display the reason why she's survived this long and why she's so well respected. Like most stories of this genre, the series portray a man's society, but as the story progresses she assumes her nature role as leader which isn't (and shouldn't be) a shock to anyone.

With only 35 pages to go, my work on it is nearly complete. In some ways, I find it hard to believe I cover so much of the real story within those pages, but that's kind of the point. For a nine book series, each book needs to end with a revelation, a turning point, a victory, or a crisis. In some of the books its driven by a battle, but in Warrior of Chaos it concerns insight into a specific character. That insight also sets up what happens in the next book in the most subtle way.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Gotten Longer

I've been editing like a madman. Now most of you would probably think this statement means I'm spending ever waking hour going through Warrior of Chaos. It's not. Nor does it mean I'm doing twenty or more pages a day. I wish. What it means is I'm putting in more effort than usual which means I spend 2-4 hours a day going over 3-8 pages, at most. With as much re-writing as I'm doing, I think it's great progress. The problem is I wrote this book 15 years ago and my style has changed, though its more than that.

When I first started writing this series, I did so in a very distinctive way. The style was abrupt and didn't flow well, especially when reading it. Over the course of time, it would become easier on the reader, but never smooth. Also, I wrote for multiple perspectives within the same chapter which I've learned is not the best. Because of these things, I'm having to read ahead and decide on the best approach for the chapter, the book, and the series. I emphasize one character in one chapter and a companion in another. This makes for a difficult time of editing as I need certain things said without switching perspectives. That's why it's taking so long.

Now the good part: I'm in the middle of editing one of my favorite scenes in all of the series. It's a long chapter, but it demonstrates a particular aspect of one of the characters that I adore. When I finish with this chapter, I'll have about 75 more pages to go before I complete the first review of the book. Also, with all my edits, the book has stretched from 281 pages to 311 and I haven't even added the map or glossary yet.

In all the books so far, Warrior is my favorite, though there are parts in every book that I love. As I move to the following books, I'll have to see which one is truly my favorite.