hey, everyone! I am so sorry! I worked all day yesterday and was so tired, I forgot to publish yesterday’s blog post. 😦 I suck! it’s late, but here it is! I’m really sorry, I missed yesterday, so today, I’m doing not just an update on my word count and stuff, but also sharing a bit of info on my writing process. 😀 that’s fun, right?
So hows my writing going?
😀 I’ve reached the editing part of She Watches You Sleep. 😀 I think it might be my favorite part of my longer works. Since I write rather quickly (On a really good day, I can get up to 5k-7k in a day. on a GREAT day, I can do more), I tend to make a lot of mistakes in the first drafts. not just spelling and grammar, but also mistakes like eye colors changing, or repeating myself too much. it’s just not as easy to keep everything together in a 35,000-40,000 word piece vs. a 5,000-10,000 word piece, you know what I mean?
So! I gotta fix it, and make that rough draft into something a lot more cohesive and readable.
That mean’s today, I’ll be heading over to the copy shop and printing out my (very) rough draft.
I’ll go over everything with my trusty little red pens and highlighters and sticky notes. I mark sentences I really love and want to keep, and make notes on which ones sound to awkward and need rewriting. I’ll fill it full of sticky notes to myself, telling me where I need more information, or maybe another little chapter put in, or if something needs taken out entirely. I’ll highlight bits and pieces I think need changing, like word choices. I’m really fond of the word creepy, so sometimes I use that one too much.
And the grammar & spelling. That always needs some work, no matter the length of the story! 😀
Any, once I finish all that, I head back over to the computer and change and add everything I need to. I’ll run it through grammarly and/or send it off to an editor, that depends on my editing budget.
I wish I could afford more than I do! I’d love to have everything professionally edited, proofread, and even beta reads would be great. but I simple don’t have to funds. ah, the joys of indie writing & minimum wage day jobs! Oh well! I do the best I can with what I have to work with. It’s all I can do. 😀
Once everything is fixed up, and I’ve made it the best i can be, I format it, give it a final read over to look for last minute errors and head over to Amazon for publishing. 😀
I’ve got Friday and Saturday off form both jobs (thank god!) So, I’ll be able to devote those two days to my writing and editing. I’m really excited! 😀
After this, I’ll be working on my second volume of Spooky Shorts, it’s set to come out next week. 😀 I’ll be doing a follow up story to Blood Moon in it, so that’ll be great. I’ve also got the outlines of the other two stories in it, but those will just have to be a surprise!
Sorry again that this update was late. oops! I’ll do better later. It’s only about 3 hours late, since’s its about 3 in the morning on Thursday when I’m sharing this, but still. Sorry! it’s been a busy week!
I’ll have a review up for you later today, I promise! Happy Reading, everyone! Love, Lennie!