Thursday, 3 October 2013

Pre-edits



Hey all,

So, today you first get a bit about me, and then some about my writing.

To get it out of the way—I have no real idea when Dreamstate II is going to be coming out. This is almost entirely due to the fact that pretty soon I’m going to be between work visas, and I won’t be allowed to work until I get a new visa. This would be fine, except that the offices that are processing my application are sort of on strike right now, so I have no idea when things are going to happen. It could be in a month, or in three—I’m entirely in the dark. The reason that I mention this is because I’ll keep blogging and writing (but not publishing), and my books will still be online, but with deferred payments so there are no tax issues. From an outside perspective, everything will be normal (save for a delayed Dreamstate II release).

Now with that out of the way, let’s get into the writing.

I’ve been hitting my journal pretty hard as of late putting down a lot of ideas that I want to implement during the edits of Dreamstate II. I’ve been stuck (as I’m sure you all know by now) on a particularly nasty section of the book. I think I’m nearly through it, but my word count has plummeted to maybe 500 words of content sticking a day. That might not seem so bad, but after a week of writing that means I’m falling more than 10,000 words behind—it adds up. Anyways, I think the edits are a nice break from frying my brain while still managing to be a productive human.

I’m always amazed at how many little things that I think of that can improve earlier moments in my books. A lot of the time it’s been weeks or months since I touched on a scene, but something later will bring it back up and suddenly *boom* ideas everywhere. It’s a lot easier to figure out all of the foreshadowing that goes on at the start of the book when you already have the plot (shadows?) of the late story written down. I try to think things out a bit to have the plot line up easily, but I tend to write by the seat of my pants a lot of the time (if it’s cool, I’ll put it in). Edits are where I cut things out and line them up so it all makes sense.

Keep in mind that I haven’t actually gotten to the point where I feel comfortable implementing any of the edits. I know that some people really do hammer away at the content of each chapter as they write, but that makes me a bit nervous. I feel like, for the most part, a lot of things are going to need to be changed due to my propensity to wildly alter the universe as I go along in a story. If I were to try and make everything finalized before I was finished with the whole book then it would need to be done all over again later. It’s just my style—I find it easier to prune the novel once I have a better idea of the whole picture, not bit by bit.

-Trevor

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