Closer and Closer…

Progress is still coming and the book is still GROWING.  I didn’t ask it to grow past 150K, I swear.  But it swore back that I need another chapter of this, and two more chapters of that, and by the way I’d left an entire Very Important POV dangling. So.  Still growing.   New Stuff is Read More…

New Beginning In

NewBook’s new beginning has now been approved by two different first-readers (and many thanks to both of them!!!)  so Chapter 1 is now anchoring one end of the book and the Good Ending (which has no chapter number as yet because things are still fluid in the last third  and I need *uninterrupted* working sessions Read More…

Second Revision Draft

Second revision draft is now on chapter 22.   This book, thanks to the years of not writing and brain foggy stuff, may take more than one run through the “Construction Phase” to get things right, but every thing so far is willing to be nudged in the right direction.  My metaphors for the problems are Read More…

156,300+ Is Not The End

It is, however,  *this* end.   The last day in which what I’m doing could be called “first draft* rather than *revision*.    Somewhere between three and four in the morning, I finally got my heroes out of the low passage out into the air and light–battered, filthy, stinking, exhausted beyond exhaustion, half their original companions dead, Read More…

Checking Boxes

Scene revisions completes in past week: three.   Scene revisions still to be done…????   All so far have been more complicated than just weed-whacking away excess.   I read it, re-read it, re-read it again, finally realize that it’s a multiple-layer problem, and devise ways to fix it.   What kinds of things are complex problems?   Characters not Read More…

The Plot Thickens and the Writer Thins

Somewhere, somewhen, a philosopher or other authoritative person said that if you’ve learned something (was it something new?  Anything?) you’re obliged to pass on that knowledge to someone else.   The process is of course unequal and therefore stressful to the recipient of the knowledge/skill being passed on, so the good news is that reciprocal exchange Read More…

Baby Steps, Baby Steps…

So a long, multi-tiered discussion of my main characters with R-, *may* have kicked the chocks out from around the wheels and allowed things to move.  It feels very…vulnerable…right now, so I’m not saying much, except that something under the surface is moving a little.   I know some things Ky *isn’t* going to be doing Read More…

Revision Review

Since revision this time digs right into the foundation structure of NewBook, a post on where the revision is at the moment seems a good time to discuss the kinds of problems a book’s underpinnings or foundation–the deeper structure–can have, and strategies for fixing  same.   This is not a problem I have often, but it’s Read More…

Why Writers Should Read Their Own Books….

…even after publication.   Before, for instance, turning in the next book (if at all possible.)  At least read the old manuscript file.  Because otherwise a person who thinks she knows *exactly* what the end of the previous book was like (after all, it’s the last thing she revised, and proofread, and sent off to Editor) Read More…

Rewrite in…

Earlier this week I sent back the latest rewrite…and boy, should you be celebrating the fact that Editor held my feet to the fire and made me work the monster over again.  It’s MUCH better now.  (Editor may not think it’s enough better, as is Editor’s prerogative, but it’s definitely better.)  Among other things, while Read More…