#ROW80 Checkin – Yep

row80Yep, doing okay. My goals of revising Blue Popcorn, my work from NaNoWriMo last year are being tasked out. I can’t say that I’m doing that work five days a week, there remain many distractions – the most prevalent being the 46 degree heat we went through on Friday here in Sydney. You can’t think, let alone work in that.

In temperatures over the 40 range, even air conditioning doesn’t hold up, but I am mindful that there are a lot of people in Australia right now who are facing not having homes to go back to, given the bushfires. My blessings go to the exhausted firemen and rescue services out there. And to our swimming pool. We even dump the dogs into it, else none of us would be able to sleep at night.

My Work

Novel-RevisionI am currently still going through creating scene cards (lost in transferring between operating systems), and analysing each scene, coming up with lists of new scenes needed, and some changes required in the first rewriting pass.

I would say, that technically I am in a pre-revision pass through, but given I’m also rewriting some passages as I find them, I’m going to count them as a full pass through.

Sharing and Research

bitlyI have been updating my blog with some interesting (to me!) blog posts along the way. Revision is quite mind-numbing, so to give myself a rest, I’ve also been setting up some more Pinterest boards on my thriller and steampunk subjects. I’ve also added several more resources to my bitly shared links – there are bundles on both the thriller and steampunk genres for writers.

On my interest in steampunk, or epic fantasy, I’ve spent some time putting together some resources for myself on world-building. Eventually I’ll pop up the links to those on another bitly bundle to share with you. But on the subject, there are few world-building for writers books out there.

But coincidentally, Holly Lisle is currently in the process of rewriting her own world-building course/workshop, and will be bringing out the new World-Building stuff soon (I hope). She is also visioning a self-publishing course for writers, and redesigning her How to Think Sideways online pages. HTTS was the six month how to write a novel course that I participated in as a founding student several years ago (I’ve also done the full How to Revise a Novel course also). Seeing it in a refreshed format will be of interest to many writers, I’m sure. You can check Holly’s progress on all the courses and sites, from her blog.

And some Reading (and courses)

And I’ve been reading – some writing craft books (I tend to browse through those, and pick out ideas of value to my writing at the time), and I’ve just started Gone Girl (behind the times, yes).

novelists boot campLast week I booted through (heh, accidental pun coming up) Todd Stone‘s Novelist’s Boot Camp: 101 Ways to Take Your Book From Boring to Bestseller and gave it a 5 star rating on GoodReads. Note that I did find the military metaphors used in the book a little annoying, but techniques wise, the book made some good sense to me. I purchased the ebook version as a download from Writer’s Digest, as the e-version isn’t available via amazon.

I am currently doing Todd’s month long Now that you’ve NaNo’d, Now What? workshop on savvyauthors.com. I’d previously done his NaNo prep course, and found that Todd has a knack of speaking to me regarding the skills and techniques he teaches through his high-octane courses. I can’t say I’m keeping up on this month’s Now What* workshop homework, but I’m using a lot of the techniques in my own revision process.  You get that – some teachers are just right for you, some aren’t quite.

* Todd was calling his course ‘Now What’ long before The Offices of Letters and Light, the organisers of NaNoWriMo, decided to announce they are running two months of ‘Now What’ posts and events from their own OLL blog. Must be kismet. Incidentally on the OLL blog, the latest post for Now What? has James Scott Bell discussing beta readers.

More ROW80 participants found here.


4 thoughts on “#ROW80 Checkin – Yep

  1. I love Holly Lisle’s courses! Can’t wait for Create a World! HTRYN is my favorite – really took my writing to the next level. I liked Todd Stone’s workshop and book too. Good luck with it, and have a great week

    1. Thanks Jennette. I, too, did HTRYN when it first came out. Eventually I may offer Holly’s newly jigged courses as an affiliate from here, because they provide a lot of help for new writers.

      I really must get out all those HTRYN files right now, it’s been so long, and I’m sure that those, combined with Todd’s course at the moment will offer me some process behind my own revision exercise.

  2. Hi Hunter, it looks like Kait has hit some trouble and we have no mid-week check-in. So no one is left out, please come over to our Facebook group and leave a link to your check-in post and we will be over to visit. The page address is https://www.facebook.com/groups/row80/ Alternatively, email me at katiecrcole@gmail.com and I’ll pass your post on. I know Facebook isn’t everyone’s cup of tea!

    Should we have no Linky on Sunday, we’ll just keep working this way until things sort themselves out.

    Cate (Round 1 Sponsor)

    1. I went to join the Facebook page (I’d been unaware of it) – it’s by request, so yet to join. But I noticed Kait’s linkything is now working. But your visit here was not in vain, Cate, because now I know about the FB page too!

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