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A Sand Flea Breakthrough

esAfter writing the second draft of the Sand Flea for my first National Novel Writing Month, I’ve been stuck.  I tried to rewrite this problem story in Camp NaNoWriMo, but it wasn’t to be, and I failed utterly, despite being psyched up for the challenge.

However, after Two years, I feel I am ready to look at it with fresh eyes, and I realize something.  Ask is the protagonist, but that doesn’t mean the story has to be told through his eyes.  The POV character came shortly after, in the form of Korenila.  This will allow the reader to watch Ask’s outward changes that he wouldn’t notice, give insight into the priestess and her bodyguard Evoxe, and perhaps see more of the world in which they all live.

It should also follow a more solid timeline that the reader can track, and will eliminate the boring points when Ask is bedridden and nothing is happening from his perspective.

This is still his story.  The voice telling it is simply someone else.

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2015 in Announcements

 

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Editing Day Five

I think I have the day number correct.

Anyway! I did finish editing a 3k-word-long scene yesterday.  It dragged on and on, so I believe I need to trim and shorten any scene over 3k words– that, or inject more interest and tension.  Something about the whole thing is off, and I don’t want my readers to have to feel like they’re slogging through it– though that fix may come in the next step of editing, when I go through it with my more poetic friend.

I need to move on from that for today though.  The next scene needs a look, and I’ve got a nice, quiet hour ahead of me to do just that!

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2015 in Announcements

 

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Editing Day 4

Day four begins with waking up late and the kid I watch (not Charles– still bitter about that) is already on the television. I also have to be delayed in my editing time, since I slept in so late.  I’m so dissappointed!

I’m going to get in as much as I can before I have to make dinner.  Wish me luck!

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in Announcements

 

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Editing Day 3

I forgot to post earlier, but I did get several scenes edited– and finished chapter one!  I think it’s still clumsy, but that will be for outside eyes to help with, now that it has fewer stupid mistakes and plot holes.

Things are going on schedule, even though I only got a half hour of editing in– I doubled the amount I edited yesterday!

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in Announcements

 

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Editing Day 2

Day one, I didn’t get many additional words in, but I did go through the initial scenes and found a few errors that needed fixing.  No continuity errors, thankfully.  I dealt with those as I wrote by highlighting with grey to ‘erase’ and then typing around them.  It keeps me gaining, and I don’t have to deal with the ego hit of “I lost x words editing!”

Just as soon as I finish pepping up and brainstorming with the friend who asked me to do the April session of Camp NaNo, I’ll begin my editing for the day!

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2015 in Announcements

 

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Editing Day 1

I may have finished my 50k goal, but I’m not stopping until this thing is polished.  I have a few scenes to add and finish, I have some trimming and some shining to do, and I need to come up with a much better title than “The Forest Witch”.

A lot of work, but it feels strangely freeing to work on beyond the 50k goal.  I want to dedicate at least one hour each day to this, and in May, I’m going to start collecting beta readers.  Unfortunately, I can’t pay right now for help with this, so I’ll mostly do book exchanges– I edit for someone, and they edit for me.  I hope I don’t let anyone down while I’m taking my turn to edit their work.

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2015 in Announcements

 

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Day 15

Sorry for the late post– I was celebrating my friend’s birthday.  I drew him a picture that (unfortunately) can’t be shown on WordPress (darn PG-13 rating).  I have not yet begun to write, but yesterday I beat 4k words, and hit the 40k mark.  In order to stave off my last leg blues, I increased my goal to 60k for a bit of a psychological boost, because I’m sick of feeling useless when I pass 40k.  I want to keep going and to do it well, without my apparent fear of success getting in my way.

The very fact that I start struggling emotionally when I pass the 80% mark irritates me so badly.  I want to succeed.  I know I can make a piddly 10k words in 15 days now.  That’s all I have left– maybe twenty if I decide to take the 60k goal seriously.  I hate that when I pass a certain word count, I want to hide and shake, even though I’m nearly done and I’m proud of my work.  The last 10-5k should not be the hardest to write.  I only need a few more scenes, and then to knit everything together into a cohesive story now.

I will succeed.  I will hit 50k very soon.  I just need to get over my urges.

Also, happy birthday to my dear Sput.  If you know rjestudio on tumblr, that’s him, and it’s his birthday today!

Today, my word goal is a 1k minimum, 2k happiness, 3k party, and 4k two new books, because I’m starting so late.

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2015 in Announcements

 

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