All done. ie in preparation for the mega edit of text cutting doom, I have finished my quick read of the text. There are some parts I love love love and other chunks that need to go. Like I was saying last time, there are at least four chapters now, which need mega chopping to improve the way it flows. I need to work on that as I go and get as much done as I can – sensibly – before next Monday.
Next Monday, of course, being the start of this years NaNoWriMo! ^_^ I’ve got information there about the novel I have in mind for that initiative, though I’ve been thinking about it so much since April – when I first made the decision – that I’m likely to change my mind several times before Sunday night. Though, with daylight savings kicking in, I might actually kick start it before I go to bed then, just get a few hundred words down in the early hours of November 1 2010.
So yes, with that in mind, I have a week to get through at least two chapters – that’s my target – of Silk Over Razor Blades tweaked and made perfect by the end of the week. That should be challenging, but possible, assuming I don’t waste too much time with Wii, Facebook, web comics and food. Mmm food. :p Well, we’ll see. I’m already three the prologue and the .doc file is already splattered with liberal lashings of red correction marker. On the one hand its disheartening to see so much wanting fixing, and on the other, I know that every time I go through this process, the work gets loooooads better!
Oh, and on a bright, shiny and wonderful positive note, I sent a sample of the novel to LWC at the weekend. This is both to get feedback from professional and like minded folk, and to see if my writing, as it is at the moment, can secure me membership. Wonder of wonder, joy of joys, it did! The feedback is all stuff I can work with and makes sense, nothing flying in the face of the novel or what I’m aiming for, and the writing itself is enough to get me an invitation to join the club!
I think this is a bigger deal for me than I thought at first, and that’s linked back to my entry about A Writer’s Biggest Fear. I see myself as a writer and that’s very important. If that was ever compromised, then my career would be on very thin ice indeed. The fact that others are acknowledging me as a writer is a big step for me. I’ve spent so long locked up in a cupboard with my writing just sitting on a PC stored away from all prying eyes. Sharing it with the world is one of those steps towards letting THE WORLD know that I’m a writer. And this is another step on that road. So yes… I’m very pleased. I’m happy, happy, happy in fact! This, in combination with NaNoWriMo is keeping me in a fairly good mood.
Oh, and you know what else put me in a fairly good mood last night? I was reading through the original draft of To Be A Teenage Vampire-1. As in the very first version of this novel that I wrote way back in 1999. If you fancy a treat(ish) I’ll get some of that up here the same time I upload the character profiles for the cast of Silk Over Razor Blades.