Thursday, 15 October 2015

Them Slow Updates



Hey all,

It has been a couple weeks since I last updated this blog. I know I said once every two weeks, and I’ll try to stick to that (it was three this time). My school work is ramping up a bit, plus some additional extra-curricular learnings that I feel are useful, and my time is stretched a bit thin. My schoolwork is going really well, I’ve been scoring near 100% on everything I hand in, and I really feel like I’m learning a lot. I can answer people’s questions about web design stuff off the top of my head, and that’s pretty cool. Technical skills—who knew they were so useful?

I have had some time to write, however, or edit as the case may be—I’ll talk about that today.

There is one particular chapter, or part of a chapter that I’ve been focusing on for the past couple weeks. A lot of what I do is stare at my writing, spending time trying to figure out if I like what it says on the page or not. Way more time goes into thinking than actually making changes. This is the worst part about content editing. Grammar stuff is easy, there are rules; this is just me making it up as I go. Anyways, this chapter/ scene has gone through about ten different iterations, and used to direct the book in an entirely different direction. I’ve scrubbed all of that stuff out, and replaced it in a way that people seem to have responded well to. It’s quick-ish, it’s to the point, people remember it, and it feeds some interesting backstory to the plot. It’s a well written bit of text (if I do say so myself) as an enclosed item. My concern is that it doesn’t blend as well with the stuff around it as I’d like. I feel like the changes happen too suddenly, which was done on purpose originally (it makes sense at the end of the book). But the readers are not at the end of the book yet, and so I personally feel like it might be jarring. The scene appears, happens, feeds some information, and is gone again, never to reappear. The only relics are what Daniel learns during the chapter. I don’t know if I need to drop back earlier into the book to add in a bit of buildup… or perhaps have him led more slowly into the scene? It’s a conundrum and one that I’ve not had nearly as much time as I’d like to work on fixing. Hopefully I can find a bit more time in the coming weeks to get back into the swing of things.

-Trevor

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