Monday, 16 June 2014

Writing in a Monsoon

Hey all,

So apparently Vancouver had something along the lines of a flash flood today. I am in White Rock these days, and had to learn about it from the panicked facebook updates of my friends. You see, White Rock is in some sort of magical weather pocket, or so I've been told, and therefore it was super sunny and warm and overall delightful today. I went for a walk, and had a beer, and did some editing, and watched some people in a video-game tournament—it was a good day. **I lied, as I was writing this the rain found its way to my house. White Rock was only a magical weather pocket for the afternoon, it has now sunk to the level of everywhere else.**

In my last post did I mention that I'd re-written the horror first chapter for probably the fourth time now and finally have it totally polished up and ready to be checked over by Charlotte? I generally don't like people to read things before I finish them, but I have no idea what I'm doing with this book and want an opinion on if I'm heading in the right direction or not. I think that I might be, but what I think doesn't always coincide with what the rest of the world thinks. If the story is any good, then I can go ahead and finish up the rest of the book. Since the very first time through, the story has evolved a bit, but everything is still written down in my journals and once I get going the actual writing shouldn't take all that long to do up.

Now, onto Dreamstate II—the thing about editing is there is almost no way to tell how long it's going to take to do anything. I have had afternoons where I can go through pages and pages of the story in an hour. There have also been days where I can spend an hour on a single page, easily. The quick stuff tends to be when I have my content and wording in order, and I only have to deal with typos and smaller grammatical mishaps. The really, really long days happen when I hit a scene that needs some pretty serious reworking, or I need to chop out big parts of the story; I can spend half a day staring down a few paragraphs only to swipe them away when the time comes. I obviously want to be careful to not knock out anything important, but if I can clear out a few worthless sections and tighten up the good stuff, I'm happy. The few times that it's happened so far have been when I've come across an awkward bit of text, don't know how to fix it, then realize it means nothing to the story. If it meets these three checks (boring, awkward, means nothing) then I can usually get rid of it. As I've said, the story is quite long, and getting rid of anything that's not crucial is as awesome as can be.

-Trevor

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