I am close. So close to being able to edit the first draft.
I finished the editing document and have the most important character profiles finished. Now I have to flesh out more of the world’s history and I can finally get started on the second draft. Moving, lack of a comfortable workspace, appointments and many other things have thrown my schedule off track a little but soon I’ll work harder than ever to catch up.
I have cut a character out of the story completely, now he was never even born. I do feel guilt and sadness as I really liked the character, but when it comes to writing, a lot of sacrifices have to be made. In the scenes where that character once was, the best friend/sidekick will be there instead. It’ll allow further growth and development between the two, save me from having to kill the character I cut out and it will make the story flow better.
I remember, last month I said I would not be able to get much done during the next month (this current month). But that wasn’t the case. I have edited, written and made progress with ten different character profiles. After which, each one has turned into their own person and slowly started to change and grow.
With that, I am almost half-way through finishing the character profiles for Shadows of Imeria. There are another 15 to go after that. Some of the things I learned about my characters even shocked me. For instance, a character I saw as a grumpy man turns out to actually be someone who is soft-hearted and adopted two children that he cherishes. But due to his past, he doesn’t let his emotions show.
I have also created and am still working on a document to help with the editing stage with my projects. It has currently reached 44 pages and is almost 30,000 words. It is quite an extensive document that touches on Setting, Hooks, Emotion, Senses, Character Development, Plot, Subtext, Tension, Scene Intentions, Scene Types, Points of View, and Secondary and Minor Characters. When I start editing, it will be an invaluable document.
With all of the packing, catching up with friends, getting sick, reading and the learning I have been doing, Shadows of Imeria has stood still without any real progress being made.
Occasionally, I have been able to remove a character, add and remove scenes and make small changes to the draft, but nothing major. I have decided that in February-March, I will really start to tackle the editing of the first draft and hopefully bring it to draft number two. Until then, I will be working on learning more, adding more detail to the characters within Imeria, reading other books to help with making the world more wondrous and fantastical, and possibly working on smaller writing projects.
As I said, I will keep you all updated on the progress made for the first novel in the Shadows of Imeria series. Over this last month, I have been reading books written about scenes, dialogue, world-building and story engineering. I have also been working on my new short horror story as you all know.
Because of these activities, I have been unable to make progress on Shadows of Imeria this month. I plan to be getting back into the editing after the submission deadline for the anthology I am submitting to. By then, my technique and knowledge on the craft of writing fiction will only have gotten better. The deadline for the anthology is in 75 days, bear with me until then.
It has been a short while since I posted. I recently bought a printer so I can start making decent changes to the finer details with my first draft of Shadows Of Imeria. I have been going over pretty much everything.
First, I will be doing a complete read of the draft. Then, I will be highlighting each main character’s dialogue so I can get a feel for characters and get rid of anything that seems out of character. Then, I will have a look at all of my passive voice or any information dumps I may have made. Lastly, I will edit everything from my printed draft, back onto my computer.
By that point, I will know if chapters need to be added or dropped. If more or fewer details are needed in certain scenes. If characters can be revived or more need to be killed. And much, much more.
I will also be working more on characters themselves if any feel fake or my work on them has just been awful. And, I will be adding more to the world’s history, religion and other fun things that I really should have written before finishing the first draft.
Another month and another update. My first draft is now completed and stands at 82,000 words. That’s 22,000 words written since last month!
With the first draft out of the way, I am working towards finishing my second draft. Making characters more personalized, adding and removing details, fixing spelling and grammatical errors, possibly adding or removing a chapter or two as well.
So much still needs to be done and I am looking forward to every second of it. After the second draft is finished it will be sent on over to my beta readers for opinions, criticism, errors and plot holes found and all that lovely stuff.
Again, thank you all for staying with me through my writing journey so far!
I have finally written the ending of the first book in the Shadows of Imeria series. It went similar to how I first imagined but, it hit my feelings quite hard. Now, this is only the ending of the first draft. It’s time to fill in a few of the blanks I left in the first draft and it will be onto the second draft I go!
I can’t wait until I can get stuck into book number two. It’s going to be so fun.