Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Critiquing in Denver

I've joined the Denver Fiction writers and have started sharing critiques with them. They've offered some valuable insight into what worked and what didn't work. I am now back to revising The Lost Art of Magic, and hope to have something even more special as the weeks go by.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Revisions of my Nano book

Early in November, I expressed fears that I would run out of things to say around 35,000 words, then at the end I crossed 50,000 words and estimated another 10,000 to 15,000 words before the book was finished. Both estimates were grossly off the mark, which I think only proves one of me observations just a couple posts ago.

No matter how much I put into my plot, when the actual writing commences, I am a panster, and like the good Captain Barbossa said, "the code is more what you'd call 'guidelines' than actual rules." So goes it with my plots.

And now, in revisions, I am finding places in the early chapters where the characters don't quite agree with the later chapters, so I am shoring up their stories and the chapters are growing in size, just a couple hundred words or so per chapter, but it's still a bit different, or maybe I'm a bit different.


The hook contest at talebait continues. I have made several entries with the hope of garnering a coveted reading by one of the judges. I need to get that first connection to put one of my books into publication before I can complete my journey to published novelist.