Yep, 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.
I 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
I 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).
Last 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.
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