Wednesday, July 13, 2016
One last video giving my thoughts on the editing process, specifically knowing when to stop.
It's common sense, but some people just don't know when to quit their manuscript. I've known people who wrote and finished a book before my very first book, and it's still not released yet. To this day, they are still editing it, and getting feedback, and really they're just moving around words.
Another common issue is the fact that writers learn when they write, and they learn even more when they edit; and it's actually impossible to implement every single thing they learned back into the manuscript. Because of this, every project is flawed to some degree, but it's only a negative if the writer allows it to be. Hey, you didn't get to do everything you wanted in the way you wanted it. That's fine, at least there is something out there that was made. Take everything you learned and improve the next project; it can only get better from here
My current projects are better than my previous ones, and the WIP are better than what I have, and the stuff I'm outlining is really doing what I wanted to do all along. So don't worry, only good stuff awaits.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Another update to the editing part of working on a manuscript, this time focusing on the emotional toll it takes on a writer.
Editing is stressful, but only if you let it be. When the ego and the product are intertwined, it's not a fun experience breaking the work in progress down to rewrite it back up again. That's the reason why just identifying the strong and weak aspects of one's own story is trickier than it seems.
Anyways, that's all from me today. I have to get back to writing, as I'm just barely reaching my Camp NaNoWriMo goals this month.
Monday, July 11, 2016
Finally something worth posting. I just finished up recording and editing some videos for my YouTube channel in the spirit of Camp NaNoWriMo this month. A set of three videos on the three most important concepts to understand when editing a work in progress manuscript.
I've wanted to start up my YouTube channel again with a focus on writing and books, so it's best to go with what you know. Editing a novel is a strange experience in many ways. It's a brutally honest moment of self-reflection on a product we make with brain matter and a word processor. Some people find it a difficult process, and it is, but these are the three things that really help me whenever I dissect and put a story back together.
This video is on identifying strong and weak writing, basically the things you want to prioritize, and things in need of improvement. I mean, why fix what is working? Edits are all about finding the stuff that isn't working, and strengthening them to their maximum potential. It's mechanical work in equal amounts of creativity required to connect the narrative pieces.
Tomorrow's video is about keeping a cool head when working on such a passionate project. After that is learning when the editing process has reached it's natural conclusion. These were a lot of fun to make, and I hope to make more in the future.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Taking a gander at the website, things have been dormant since February! Not the best, but I did keep regular updates for years, so I think a break was in order.
The reason for the break is simple, I was busy. There are a lot of projects needing attention, and there is very little time to spread evenly. Since the last update went out, I released another Wildstar novella, Dead Hunt, which I think is great. I also have The Hunt, which is releasing soon, once the final proofread comes back. On top of that, there is everything that's not writing related.
Life is giving me time to get back to basics. As noted by the picture at the top of the post, I'm going to be more active on my YouTube channel. I've wanted to do this for awhile, and now is the time. I had to clean up the place, move old content to a new channel, and just in general get the ship in order.
The channel works like this, normal videos during the week, and writing videos on the weekend. Normal videos are things like reviews of movies, books and things like that, and writing videos are talking about craft.
I'm excited to make this content. Sadly, at the moment, my computer is slowly dying. The Warcraft review had frame rate drops, and the computer isn't doing well with anything else. It's functional, but going downhill. No new computer until August, unfortunately.
Until then, I'll keep working with what I have. Have a good day.