October 29th, 2012
Hitting 50,000 and Still Going

I’m almost done with The Dark King. I think I might be able to wrap the story up by Halloween. (One of my favorite holidays.) Seems somehow fitting. I honestly ADORE this story and these characters. I decided to experiment with this book. By that I mean, I’ve incorporated a lot of the writing/craft lessons I’ve been working on and I went back to writing the way that I used to write long ago.

When I first started writing, I used to edit as I wrote. I did that with this book. That doesn’t mean it’s not going to need more editing, but it did seem to help my overall writing process tremendously. I WILL be continuing to write this way. It’s made the whole process far more enjoyable (though I’m sure these characters helped on that front because they’re so deliciously naughty). I am not sure what the final word count will be on this book, but I’m guessing around 54K to 56K. I still have three and a half scenes/chapters to write. I will be sorry to leave these particular characters behind, but I’m glad that I have told their story. 🙂

Once this book is finished, I have to go through the edits on Ghost Hunter Chronicles: Solomon’s Seals. I plan to put the book out in paperback, when I’m done. After that, I’m going to re-edit my young adult book, so that I can send it off to a professional editor. It, too will be put in paperback when it’s finished.

As for writing projects, I’m going to get back to writing a YA I started several months ago. I also plan to finish Moonlight Kin 2: Aidan’s Mate, so I can release it sometime in the first quarter.

Currently, I am trying to decide whether I’ll submit a project for the Clarion West group. No guarantees that I’d be selected, even if I do. The teachers next year are truly some of the best genre writers around. I’d love to soak up their knowledge. It’s a heavy time commitment, but I think it would be worth it.

I have a dentist appointment, so I need to get some word count in before I go. My guess is my next post will be an announcement that AQ5 is finished. Stay tuned. 🙂

6 comments to “Hitting 50,000 and Still Going”

  1. That’s interesting. This may be the first time I’ve heard an author say editing while writing made the process MORE enjoyable. You always hear the opposite.

    I’m curious about the following things if you have the time and inclination to answer :-)… Why do you prefer editing as you go along? What was your previous process? Did you write the entire book before doing any editing, or just chapter by chapter? Have you noticed a difference in speed?

  2. Toni,

    I prefer editing as I go along because it adds depth to the story and characters right from the beginning.

    When I first started writing, that’s actually how I wrote. I was a pantser, who edited as I made up the story. That changed when I got heavily into plotting. I sacrificed the editing for writing speed. I’d write the whole novel, then go back and edit the book. It was a much faster way for me personally to write, but the layering of details and characterization suffered greatly for it.

    I have noticed that it takes me a little longer to finish writing the overall book, but when it’s done, the book is much closer to being ‘release ready’. So the time I lose while writing/editing is made up for on the backend. If you know what I mean?

  3. I edit constantly too while writing. I don’t get obsessive so as to forget what I’m creating. The technique makes everything more immediate, and the progress clearer in terms of plotting – at least that’s how I see it. 🙂

    You’re humming along pretty well. I hope you’ll blog on your success putting out the paperback.

  4. Bernard, I used to. This is the first book in a long time that I’ve edited as I went. I agree it makes things more immediate and seems to spur ideas.

    I’ll definitely let you know how the paperback expedition goes. Honestly, I’m not expecting much from it, but I’d rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. Know what I mean?

  5. Thank you for expanding on it. I know other authors write this way, but it seems in today’s rush to be prolific, everyone always panning that process in favor of “turning off the internal editor” during the first draft. It’s nice to hear of someone finding (or recapturing) success the other way.

    I’ve been tweaking the process lately, and I definitely need to find that happy medium between writing with flow and agonizing over every word during the first draft.

  6. Toni,

    I’m sure you’ve been told this a million times (I know I have.), but every author has their own writing process. What works for one, will NOT necessarily work for another. It’s truly something you have to play with to figure out. (It sounds like you’re doing that, which is wonderful.) Don’t let anyone dictate what your process should be.

    I did that for too many years and it really messed with my writing. I still write fairly fast, but not so fast as to jeopardize the writing.