I haven’t written much here lately. Busy elsewhere. I’ve been working on the first one hundred pages of my novel and following the Editor’s Report.
One issue that came up in the Report focused on allowing scenes to reach their natural development rather than trying to force the drama. This often happens when the author has plans for a major character, plans which the character wouldn’t usually follow. A bit like the debate in Theology: Free Will versus Predestination – i.e. who’s in the charge here: the writer or the character in question?
I’ve also dealt with some redundant sections. You know the sort, writing that neither helps nor hinders the novel. The story wouldn’t suffer if those sections were to go.
The central part of the novel needs the most work in terms of pacing and plot – so I’m bracing myself.
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The writing process seems never-ending, and once again I’m at the stage of polishing my manuscript, this time allowing the characters to come alive in more vivid ways than before.
A writer often has to experiment with the points raised in a professional critique. Incorporating all the ideas on a page by page basis raises the possibility of damaging the overall story and knocking the structure off-balance. Yet, the writer has to implement some of the advice – otherwise why pay for the advice?
With my novel, I think, the solution lies in allowing some sections of the writing to develop even further without the changes causing a knock on effect with the structure – in particular, concentrating on natural type dialogue that helps the reader better identify with the characters in question. Also, cutting superfluous phrases or sentences – i.e. redundancies – will tighten up a manuscript.
Just a few of my thoughts.
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I’ve returned to the polishing stage of an edit of a novel – in this case, upping the pace in the middle of the story and bringing out more of the characterisation and scenery. The writing process always raises the issue of keeping the work secure, as some years ago I spent ages trying to find a piece of writing that had got lost in cyberspace. I never found it, but I sometimes wonder what I would have thought of the piece in question. A case of one learns through making mistakes.
The key to back up, I think, lies in folders and creating as many as possible, a folder a day in necessary. Instead of having a date in the folder name, consider using a relevent word from the story. For instance, title of novel, “bar scene”. Text files don’t amount to much in terms of storage (unlike images and audios), so one a day does seem a good idea.
The next stage involves the backing up. I like to save the file in as many formats as possible. Word Doc. Web Page, Filtered. PDF, although this last one doesn’t always work. I send the various files to three or more email accounts and also back it up on several USB sticks. The process can be tedious, especially when I’m in a hurry, but I think it’s better to take the time to make the work secure than to spend huge amounts of time later on trying to recover a document that has probably gone for ever.
Just a few of my thoughts.
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