Novel Update

June 15, 2010

I’ve been letting the issues I found on the re-read percolate in my brain for a few days. I don’t think I have solutions for everything yet, but I feel like I’m making progress.

Low: 0
Medium: 132
Priority: 37
Showstopper: 2

Resolved 1 Medium issue. Upgraded 13 Medium issues to Priority.

Current wordcount: 74788


Novel Update

June 9, 2010

I finished re-reading the novel today. As I expected there are some issues with the ending that I’m going to need to rework. Changes that I want to make to the “magic system” cause events of the current ending to not make sense so I’ll need to write a new ending. I haven’t worked out exactly what the new ending will be, but I think it’s going to be an improvement over what I’ve got. I may also have some pacing issues with the later parts of the book. I noticed a lot more awkward sentences and passive voice issues the later I got, too, which indicates I was getting a little sloppy at the end of the original draft. Even though there’s still a lot of work to do I think I’m still a lot happier with this novel than the first one, and hopefully the editing won’t be as painful.

Re-read: 100.0% done

Low: 0
Medium: 146
Priority: 24
Showstopper: 2

Added 2 Showstopper, 10 Priority and 25 Medium issues.

Current wordcount: 74788


Novel Update

June 8, 2010

I made more progress on the editing re-read today.

Re-read: 82.3% done

Low: 0
Medium: 121
Priority: 14
Showstopper: 0

Added 2 Priority and 20 Medium issues.

Current wordcount: 74788


Novel Update

June 7, 2010

I was in a really good mood today (I had a great playtest of my RPG last night, and the weather is beautiful today) and I made some good progress on my editing pass. I’m getting deeper into the book so some of the changes I need to make to the “magic system” are going to have a bigger impact now, but so far I haven’t run into anything I don’t have a solution for.

Re-read: 66.9% done

Low: 0
Medium: 101
Priority: 12
Showstopper: 0

Added 4 Priority and 17 Medium issues.

Current wordcount: 74788


Novel Update

June 6, 2010

I made more progress today, although it’s still kind of a slog.

Re-read: 54.8% done

Low: 0
Medium: 84
Priority: 8
Showstopper: 0

Added 1 Priority and 17 Medium issues.

Current wordcount: 74788


Novel Update

June 6, 2010

I made progress today, but not as much as I wanted to. A combination of errand running and feeling a little under the weather ate up time and energy that I would have preferred go into the editing.

Re-read: 41.1% done

Low: 0
Medium: 67
Priority: 7
Showstopper: 0

Added 2 Priority and 17 Medium issues.

Current wordcount: 74788


Novel Update

June 4, 2010

I received my first rejection today from an agent I queried for my first novel. I had expected to be really crushed by that, but it wasn’t bad at all — a minor disappointment rather than a knife to the heart. It probably helps that I’m focused on another project right now so I don’t need to obsess over that one.

I made more progress with the editing re-read on my second novel. I’m pretty happy that I’m still not running into any major issues. I want to rework the “magic system” in the setting, but so far the only impact that will have will be localized changes to descriptions of magic stuff happening.

Re-read: 32.3% done

Low: 0
Medium: 50
Priority: 5
Showstopper: 0

Added 1 Priority and 19 Medium issues.

Current wordcount: 74788