Wednesday Check-in

Schooled

Finished Lessons 15, 16, and 17 of Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook. 117 out of 591 tasks completed. I’m working on Lesson 18: Heightening turning points within scenes. It’s huge–twenty scenes. I’ve finished four. I can see my book change with every revision.

Land of Enchantment

I began typing the longhand copy. Whenever I get down about revisions, I open the notebook and try to read my own handwriting. A little eyestrain and I’m ready to go back to the other book. I’ve typed 2,000 words of the 60,000 word manuscript. I worried that I underestimated the word count. Not a chance. Every page is longer than I gave myself credit for during NANOWRIMO.

During the break, I read a craft book. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to edit yourself into print by Renni Browne and Dave King. I confess that this was recommended long ago. I was afraid I’d go crazy if I started thinking about editing in the middle of story drafts. Wrong. This book is a must read. It answers all my questions and dumps bad advice where it belongs–in the trash. Buy it and read it. The book is a keeper.

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