Well I guess this is the last ROW80 check-in for this round? I’ve been unsure of the start and end of this whole round.
I read something recently that said that a book should be edited 5 times. I think that it’s silly to put a number to it. I think it depends. Each chapter needs different things. Chapter 1 is the MOST important, so you might edit it 20 times. As you get closer to the end of you vomit draft, I think it’s less vomit-filled, so you might need less passes.
The Page & The Magician
I was struggling with Chapter 9. Today I scrapped Chapter 9, 10, and 11. There are bits I’m definitely keeping from 9 and 10, but then I’m skipping ahead to where the story starts really taking off. Enough hinting and sub plot stuff. It’s time to get into the meat of it and torture my protagonist. It’s time to blow stuff up and turn her world upside down!
The Blood Waitress Club
I have a dilemma. I don’t know if I want to keep it as a short story. I have an entire blog I once kept on my roller derby experiences. It’s 50,000 words. I’m thinking the story I already wrote can be a longer piece. I’m not sure how to meld the two though. Should I keep many of the blog posts as blog entries in the story? Or maybe it’s her diary? Decisions to make. Much of it is written, and may not even be a vomit draft. I won’t let myself get lost in writing it until The Page & The Magician has gone to beta readers because that’s how projects never get finished.
This Thursday I will be doing my first ever reading. I’ll be reading a portion of The Page & The Magician as the time limit isn’t long enough for the whole thing. I’m a little nervous about it, but I’ve chosen to read at an Ottawa Independent Writers meeting, which is a friendly group of people. I know enough of them to be reasonably comfortable. I should be able to finish under the time limit. I’ve been practicing reading my chunks with inflection. I’m looking forward to it.