Putting A WIP in the Draw

Okay, enough is enough. I’m really not happy with what I’ve done with Earth, After Liberation. The tone of the story is not what I want it to be, the story itself feels like it’s all over the place but most of all it feels like I haven’t found the soul of the story. The writing is not good enough either. I’m also not happy with writing this in first person, either. It’s beginning to feel very restrictive.
I’m going to put it away for six months before looking at it again.

I’m going to continue working on the Avoiding the Game re-write, which I’m finding a lot of fun. More on that in another post though.

Good Morning Wednesday

Good morning all. I’m just sending out a little update and looking at what I want to do during this week. It’s only a quickie post so expect typos 😛

I am still feeling a little disillusioned with what I’ve gotten for Earth, After Liberation but not as much as I had been. I’m beginning to question my process a little as well. On Monday I started re-writing the story that used be to be called Avoiding The Game on pen and paper.
This is kind of me rebelling against myself a little, that disillusionment I spoke of is behind it I think because I really am not happy with what I’ve done with Earth, After Liberation. And now with the few pages that I’ve written by hand it’s made me really wonder if I’m using the best process to write for me. I used to write most of my first drafts by hand but in the last couple of years I’ve been doing it all on a computer and I’m wandering if I’m missing something because what I’ve written by hand this week has a different feel to it, and is – in my opinion – some of the best writing I’ve done in some time. I’m going to see how it goes over the next few weeks before making any grand declarations to change my process. I’ve had moments when it feels like I’ve found the golden goose and it rarely ends up helping as much as I think it will.

I’m going to continue writing by hand but in the evenings, when I have most of my writing time, I’m going to continue reading through Earth, After Liberation. That is still my priority, to get it red-penned, but I’m going to be working on the Avoiding The Game re-write as and when I can.

That’s my plan for this week, and the foreseeable future.

Oh, before I forget. Owen and I did have a chat on the phone on Monday and we made a little process but not much. We did have a rough date set to start the re-write but we’ve taken that away. Once we’ve got more of the outline and world building done then we’ll look at when we can start writing.

A Quick Update

Evening all, I’ve just realised I haven’t posted for a few days and the simple reason for that is there’s little to tell.
I’ve done a little work today, getting a few pages red-penned for Earth, After Liberation. I also spent some time making notes for mine the universe that Project Apollo is set in. Owen and I are going to talk tomorrow evening about it. This will be the first time we’ve had a discussion about it in well over two months, so needless to say we’ve got to get back on track a fair bit.
Chrystalyn and I have been chatting throughout the day about The Residents and have made some good progress I think.
I’d like to have gotten some more done today but I’m still feeling a little disillusioned with Earth, After Liberation despite seeing some good stuff in those early pages. I’ll be working on the red-penning for the near future and see how that goes before putting the notes into action.
We also had my Nan over so I was working sporadically through conversations.
That’s all really. I’ve got to get myself back on track a little and hopefully get back into a routine.

Wiped Out

This week has been a loss when it comes to writing. Partly because I was a little demoralised when I realised that Earth, After Liberation wasn’t going how I wanted it to go and also work has knocked me out this week. I mean it has really wiped the life outta me. I consider myself a hard worker and my job is demanding on my energy but this week has been really busy. My day job is as a car cleaner at a second hand car sales and a big part of my job is valeting knew stock and in the last three days I think I’ve valeted five cars, six in you include the one I started this evening. As well as that one I’ve got another one to do as well. The aim is to get them done by the weekend.

Obviously being busy means I’ve had to up my work rate to get the job done and this is what’s wiped me out this week. With writing things will be a bit more of a slower pace as I’m proof reading Earth, After Liberation. I have a very clear picture in my head of what I need to do to fix the story now and I’m kinda itching to get stuck into it again, and this is why I’m writing this post, because I haven’t got stuck into it tonight like I was planning too. I got home and am just feeling very tired and my focus is not all that. So I’ve faffed about on social media and watched some Futurama.

Making A Cut

Yesterday I was talking about how I wasn’t happy with how my WIP (Earth, After Liberation) was going  and one of the things I was talking about doing was cutting the story short. At the moment we have a big escape in the story and this would make a really good place to end the novel. It’s a very natural place to bring it to an end, and what I’ve written after that can go towards the next book in the series.

That’s what I’ve decided to do, cut that part of the story and focus on tidying up all of the writing before that. I think it’ll be about 10,000 words cut off this one, which’ll take it down to about 35,000 words (25,000 short of my original target) and I’m planning to add a few pieces to the story. Even before I wrote yesterday’s post i’d decided to change a major part of the protagonists life and I don’t think the story is edgy enough. I’d like to add a little more depth to the characters as well. Thinking back to what I’ve written already it’s very sparse in places. It needs some realism as well I think.

This will have repercussions for the second book, which I wrote for NaNo last year, but I’ll cross that bridge later. I don’t think this will mean too many changes in book two, well except that book two will become book three.

I’ll be starting the red-pen read through tomorrow.

Taking A Breath: WIP Off Target

Despite over a thousand words of Earth, After Liberation on Sunday I’m really not happy with how its going. I’m trying to figure out whether I should stop the story about 10,000 words ago when there’s a big change in the lives of the protagonists. This is where the story changes a little as well, and this is where I’m having the problems. I can’t seem to get the tone right or how to get to the end of the story smoothly, at the moment it’s feeling very clunky.
I’ve not done any work on it for the last couple of days, partially because I’ve been a little unwell and partially because I’ve wanted to think over where I want to take the story. I’ve made one decision about one of the storylines but I’m really not sure what I want to do with the rest of the story. I’ve got an arc I’d like to follow but it’s not feeling right at the moment. I was thinking about cutting back to the point I mentioned earlier where I’d scrap maybe the last 8-10,000 words, okay not scrap but take them out of this story.
I’m not going to do it yet though. I’m going to print off what I’ve written so far and look through it and see if I can get myself back on track. This’ll also let me work out where I need to make the tweaks or the other story change I’ve already decided to make.

I’m hoping that reading through what I’ve got will help me find out how to connect where I am now and where I want the story to end.

Good Evening Sunday

I’ve managed 2652 words today on Project Apollo and Earth, After Liberation. I really enjoyed doing the sample that Owen asked for from Project Apollo as it was something different than I’m used to writing. It has also served to do a little world building and character history, and even if it doesn’t make the cut then it’s helped in those respects.

I was also very happy with what I managed to do with Earth, After Liberation too.

That is me done for the day now though. I’m going to watch the second half of the Arsenal Vs Manchester City game and then watch Futurama series six.

Have a good evening everyone 🙂