Monday, June 28, 2010
Posted by Angie
My progress report:
So this weekend I got 150 pages done on the second round of edits on Nikki's Wish. It's at that stage where the whole plot is laid out, every scene is pretty much the way I want it and now I'm looking for ways to improve it. I looked particularly for areas where I could make things sound better, replaced weak verbs, eliminated stray adverbs, and just generally tightened where I could. I have just 50 pages left to go on this round. I also made an excel spreadsheet that lays out each chapter, its purpose, what each character in each particular chapter should be feeling and took notes on what little things I can do to intensify the emotional impact. It's sort of like a plot outline, but more focused on making certain that I'm seeing all the little things from each character's POV.
Books I read this week - yes, i consider this part of my overall journey to publishment. Reading as much as you can and everything you can is soooo essential to becoming a good writer. Might as well take credit for it. This weekend I finished The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (review here), and I started a Sarah Dessen book called Lullabye. I haven't read any Sarah Dessen yet, but since she's so popular I think it makes sense to pick up one of her books. Actually I picked up two others on a Barnes and Noble online sale (1.99 each) and I'll be doing a review of them when I finish.
Finally, I did some crits on AW. Critiquing others work has helped me so much, and I continue to do it because I enjoy it and it keeps me focused on those things I need to be doing in my own WIP.
So there you have it. Now for a little contest promotion: Janice Hardy, author of The Shifter, is giving away an anthology of short stories written by her crit group. You'll get to encounter a planet full of flying squid, a cross-country race through smart buildings and moving sidewalks, and a "designed" daughter who would rather be a son (I'm thinking a cloning experiment gone awry here, but I could be wrong). The most interesting one to me is Janet's short story entitled Man's Best Enemy. Don't you just want to read that based on the title? I do! Contest linky here.
So what progress have you made this week? Feel free to share and include a link to your blog. *just keep swimming....*