13th of February 2019

Yesterday I had a thousand word day. The first in quite some time. I don’t think I’m going to get many of those this month as I’m going to be editing my zombie trifecta novella next week and then after that I’ll be getting properly stuck into the Vampire Era.

Speaking of the Vampire Era, I’ve started the rewrites/editing for that. 1200 words in so far and hoping I’m doing a good job. I think the changes I’m going to make are really going to make it come alive, and I think I’ve grown enough as a writer to give it what I’ve felt it’s lacked in the past.

CS1 has hit a bit of a roadblock. I’m stuck on how I’m ending it, I’ve got an idea but I’m having trouble executing it. So I’m letting it sit for a few days and see if that helps.

I will drop everything when I get Beta notes back on PE3.

This weekend I’m taking a break though. I’m off to Cardiff to support my friends at their signing at WH Smith’s. If you’re in the area pop along and see them between 11am and 1pm. If you search CL Raven on Twitter or CL Raven Fan club on Facebook the details are there. You can also click the links on the side of this blog to my social media as the details are there as well. I’ll try and pop a link in my next post as well.

Right, time to get to work. Have a super day, all.

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10th of February 2019

I’m calling this a productive day. I’ve edited around one hundred and thirty pages and finished this final edit pass!!! PE3 has now winged its way to Beta readers and until I get their notes back I’m going to crack on with something else.

I was going to get my zombie trifecta tweaked and edited and so on, but I think I’ll work on CS1 and get that finished. I’ve done a lot of editing this year and I need to let loose and get some solid words written and not worry about how it looks or sounds. I just need to let my imagination off the leash and let it run free.

All that editing has left me pretty brain dead. So I’ve chilled out since I finished with a bit of mindless TV and will soon be reading.

8th Of February 2019

Good evening all. Tonight I have edited three chapters. I’m aiming to have it done by the end of Friday and then off to me Beta readers early next week. I think if I get another three or four chapters tomorrow, which’ll leave me with about half the book to go, then on Sunday if I really push hard then I’ll get it done.

I’m not quite sick of this story yet, but I’ll be glad once I’ve got it done and sent it sailing off to Beta’s and I’m on to something else.

7th of February 2019

Just a quick little post tonight.

This last week has been a bit of a write off. I had a horrific nights sleep Sunday so was wiped out by the time I got home Monday so did nothing! Tuesday I started the final edits of PE3. Then last night I got nothing done! It was just one of those evenings where before I knew it it was bed time. Tonight I’ve been out for a family meal.

If I get my head down I think I can have these final edits done by the end of the weekend. So that’s what I’m going to try. That’s tomorrow night, Saturday night (cause that’s how I roll!) and then Sunday until they are done!

Thats it for now. I’ll be back with an update tomorrow.

30th of January 2019

Am I spelling January right? It always looks wrong in the post title, too late now!

I’ve had a bit of a minor slump the last couple of days. I think I just burnt out a little and ended up with my feet up and watching Disenchantment on Netflix last night (fun show, well worth checking out). I think I needed that wind down for an evening.

I was planning to go to a write-in tonight but I gave it a miss as I really wanted to get stuck into this edit. I’ve done three more chapters and think I can have it done by the weekend.

Writing wise, I’ve done sod all this week really. I know editing is important, but I’d still like to be getting words down as well. I’m going to try and get back in the habit of writing during lunch breaks while at work. It’s a strange feeling to know that I won’t be working on anything new for most of this year. I think it’ll be NaNoWriMo when I can get my teeth stuck into something that isn’t going to be either an edit or a rewrite. Once PE3 is done then I have a small zombie novella collection thingy (thats a technical term! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) that I’ll be finishing off then it’ll be the edit/rewrite of my vampire collection. That is going to take a lot of work as I want to change a lot of elements in it, but I really want it done by NaNo. I don’t want to have anything major on my plate going into NaNo. Last year I paused PE3 for NaNo and thats not really helpful.

27th of January 2019

Good evening, just a quick post to wrap the day up with. I spent a fair part of the day reading through PE3 and I’m up to chapter 11 now which is about halfway. I’m pretty happy with my progress and am picking up on lots that needs to be changed (which means when I change it will take longer, but it’ll hopefully make the story stronger).

The rest of the day I did a very little bit of gaming and then watched some of the Hannibal TV series while I sorted out old paper work. I cam across a lot of old writing documents, including the first thing that I properly wrote. That brought a smile to my face.

On Friday I got the latest Gaunts Ghosts book by the fantastic Dan Abnett. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into this one soon.

 

Good Morning, Sunday 27th January 2019

As I normally do, I’ve underestimated how much of this editing pass I’ll be able to get done in an evening. I started on Thursday thinking I’d like to get five chapters done, but neglected to consider that the first chapter is about 8,000 words long. So including last night I’m at chapter five. That first chapter is long though, the fact I blitzed through three chapters in much less time last night show that.

It is going to take longer this edit pass because I’m not just reading it and making notes, I’m reading it aloud to see how it sounds. I’ve heard numerous people recommending this method as it’ll sound different to if it’s just in your head. So far I’d have to agree. I’m picking up on so much that I missed when I did the digital edit.

I have lost momentum with writing though. I know this edit is my priority at the moment, it has to be. One of my biggest failures is getting my work finished. I get bored and move onto the next shiny object, and if I’m to hit my goals going forward I need to get work finished!

On that thought, I’m off to do some more of this red through.

Have a great day, everyone!