Sometimes little tweaks like that can solve lots of problems and salvage a lot of your work. From what you said it sounds like your changes make sense. But doing it that way is a double edit because it all gets a second look when I go back to enter the changes.
What I always do is print out my work and mercilessly go through to weed out excess in an attempt to streamline the writing. For some reason I catch more errors than doing it on a screen, but I'm old.
I really need to get back to writing. Maybe since I can't do heavy work this summer, I'll get around to getting my office in order so I can work out there. I miss it.
04-07-2020, 01:30 PM
I haven't gotten to printing out pages yet for edits but I had been putting comments on the side (using Word, although I may need to look into something like Scribner eventually) when I have a thought or a question to myself. I did start a whole new document though since it would've been a real pain in the butt to try and cut or move things around otherwise.
One good thing about the shutdown is having the time to get some writing in. I normally write on Sundays at a local coffee shop but that's closed for the time being. I do miss it, though. At least I would see other people, if not talk to them. But being stuck inside has forced me to get more writing done. Although, once I get my new DVD player, I will probably spend time binging on my DVDs for a while.
Hope you get your office in order, although I hope your arm heals quickly as well.
04-07-2020, 02:39 PM
I love Word's highlighter feature. It makes notes so easy!
04-07-2020, 03:19 PM
I'm sticking to Haiku. No characters, no plot...... mostly about dogs though.
04-07-2020, 10:01 PM
Writing is writing, so it's all good.
Haiku always reminds me of Dean Koontz's book False Memories. Haiku was featured in that.
04-08-2020, 07:10 AM
I agree, writing is writing. I never understood haiku, though, so I'm impressed with anyone who can do it. :)
Ended up reading fanfiction yesterday so I didn't get any of my own writing done yesterday. And my new computer/DVD player should be here today. But now that I'm getting into the habit of writing more often, I hope it continues once things start to return to normal. Although I will enjoy being able to get out and do what I want again.
04-13-2020, 10:57 AM
Got some more work done on my story, although not as much as I would've liked. I'm really enjoying the research into the folklore and such.
04-20-2020, 09:22 AM
Yay! The reboot was definitely the way to go. I know I will have to fill in some 'shading' but the bare bones are fitting together nicely now. I thought about putting in a point from the previous draft then realized there was no way to deal with it, given the direction the story's going now. I still have to deal with part of the original idea (one of the MC's having made notes of his work pre-apocalypse) but I think I can fix that once they meet up with the people the MCs will be looking for. Or copies could already be in the town library considering the story takes place 15 years after an apocalypse. (People have been moving around once things calmed down and the town has one of the largest libraries in the area.)
05-20-2020, 10:00 AM
Still working on writing on Sundays. Writing at home but only for an hour or so. I do need to put more time in but I'm glad I'm still getting the workin.
05-20-2020, 10:45 AM
Yup, BITCHOK method works. I gotta get back to that myself.
Glad your draft is coming along. I hate orphaning scenes. All that work! But sometimes surgery is required.
I need to reread the last draft of my first novel, if I can figure out which one that is since I never used to date them. Dumb. Then I need to write a nice crisp tight synnopsis, less than ten pages. That will be a huge challenge for me.
I haven't written book length in so long, and so much has changed, I'm basically a newbie. Ugh.
05-20-2020, 02:22 PM
I've started dating old versions. But I've gotten into the habit of putting in 'v01' or 'd01' (etc.) as part of the file name so I know which version I"m working on (usually for proposals at work).
I'm still going through folklore and it is still helps give me ideas for stories.
05-20-2020, 03:09 PM
My old stuff is so old I can't figure out when I did each one.
One thing I have to do is update everything to include new technology. When I wrote the first one, cell phones were big clunky bricks and there were no cell towers here, where my stories are set. No one had heard of smart phones since they didn't exist. We didn't have internet in town here yet. Dot matrix printers were still in common use. You get the picture. But that shouldn't change too many plot points.
Research will be soooooo much easier! Back then, if I wanted to find out the market value of a used Ferrari F-40, for example, I had to send an SASE to a Ferrari dealer in NY to ask question. I don't even recall now how I ever found the dealer, but I'm fairly sure I could find that info online in a couple minutes now. When I needed to find out about marriage licenses in South Dakota, I called Brown County where we used to live and talked to the person there who handled licenses, who snailed me a sample license. I actually liked that kind of research, but things are lots easier and quicker now.
Found a copy of my original ms. and started reading. I need to clean it up a lot. I have enough distance now to make that easier, I hope. It's at 120k words, so need to cut probably 40k. There's a lot of flab in it so I'm hoping that will be relatively easy, too. (Who am I trying to kid?)
05-20-2020, 04:23 PM
You can always make your series set in the 1980s or whenever the first draft was written.
I remember once hearing a writer say she started setting all her novels in the 1940s. She was doing contemporary settings. But cell phones make it too easy for the main character to call for help. It ruined all the scenes where the main character had to handle something alone.
05-20-2020, 04:53 PM
No, I don't want to leave the series in the 90s. But that's a thought.
One of my sequels is not quite as far behind. I noticed a mention of a cell phone that died in the crash after one of my MCs ran her semi into a ditch. I'm drooling at the thought of getting back to that one. So many parallels in that plot that mirror the Jeffrey Epstein case.
05-20-2020, 04:54 PM
One of the reasons why I like doing the post-apocalyptic fantasy is that I don't really have to worry about technology as much. And the internet does make looking up information or reaching out to someone who might know more about something I want a whole lot easier. It's also a big distraction from writing as well. I do enjoy looking up the folklore.