Skip to main content

Progress Post: Edit No. 4

I'm feeling overwhelmed. When I think I am ready to move on to the next step, I am not. I started to read my manuscript out loud to my fiance, and it sounded kind of long and boring. He had questions, which was good. It meant he was really listening to me.

I need it to be more engaging in this first chapter. There is even a back story on a character I am thinking about scrapping because I do not know whether it hinders the story or adds to it. What I thought was an interesting way to open the book up, may not be as impressive as I thought.

He loves the dialogue, some of it. I tweaked it more today. I wrote a script once in film school and it forever changed my writing style. I like lean and to the point, with colorful dialogue. It's hard for me these days to say what I want you to see or feel.

I have literally spent an entire day only editing 5 pages of Chapter 1 alone. I am seriously considering thinking about cutting out the Prologue. This is why I don't do deadlines and why I have never released a novel yet. I am overly critical and I want it to be perfect.

The reader deserves it to be perfect.

The book is good, this I know. It's just this damn opening, Chapter 1, and Chapter 2 that is bugging me. I am trying to do my own developmental editing, because I just can't afford to spend $1,400 on editing, especially when I'm not sure I even like the content. My word count is dropping and I expect it to drop more. I really may nix the Prologue and Chapter 2.

Reading it out loud has really helped me get on some type of track. This editing shit is driving me bonkers, though 😨😭


Popular posts from this blog

Adulting: Surviving A Long Term Goal

How To Reach A Long Term Goal:Write the goal downKeep doing what you need to do to achieve the goalConstantly look up things that motivate you towards your goalA little competition never hurts!Speak the goal into existenceExpect to fail, but plan to succeed I made it! Holy crap, Batman! I survived Mental Health Awareness Month, and I have no idea how I kept pushing myself. I skipped lunch today to save the extra coins. Yes, you read that right. A co-worker had a snarky remark about it, but guess what? IDGAF! I have goals in my mind, and I'm keeping my eye on the prize. Summer 2018 is mine, and I can only hope that things are finally falling into place. Besides, it's not like I didn't eat anything. I just didn't order out. I saved my money. Call me cheap.

I don't know what the rest of the Summer holds for me, but I know I'm going places and making progress. It has been slow going, and I have been tried, tempted, and failed so many times. I don't know where …

Vlog Magick v.6: My Growing Walgreen's Addiction

Hey, lovelies! It's been a while. May is still Mental Health Awareness month, so I'm exercising working on myself this month. It's especially important to me because I'm getting a year older in my dirty thirty's. It's both bittersweet and eye opening. I'm finding my depths this month, more so than I have ever been tried in all my 31 years. I'm finding a strength I didn't know I had in myself, and it's growing everyday. I still have many obstacles to overcome, but day by day, a girl is kicking the ass of all the negativity coming my way. I just keep reminding myself and telling myself that this season is almost over. I'm still winning in my own special way. Lovelies, what ways are you taking care of yourself this month?