|Posted by J. P. Edgar on September 8, 2020 at 4:20 PM|
What's going on, everyone?
Quite a bit going on right now. But a big one is the progression of book 3. The first draft is sitting at about 80% completion. But that got me thinking, how much as my writing progressed?
You ever have one of those moments where you sit back and think about a skill you use -- whether it be art, writing, singing, etc. -- and you can see/feel your progress? I had that a little bit ago. No, not book 1, but a different project. I started to re-read it, and I shook my head at how "sucky" the writing was. One of my biggest hurdles was (and still is to this day) tenses. I always go from past tenses to present tenses. For example, "I walked on the sidewalk, and a jogger runs by." Though those errors are not that apparent (to me) in my work, I'm sure many of those mistakes escape my proofing.
How much time do you take between drafts? After I finish book 3's first draft, I plan to take at least a month off from the series altogether. That way, when I work on the second draft, I'd have forgotten a lot of the details in the story. I did that for the second book. Because of that, I caught more than a few problems in the story, the grammar, and more. In my early work, I recall that I didn't take any time off after a draft, so I found myself skipping over things that I "know" are right.
Stay safe and stay healthy. Thanks for stopping by. More ridiculousness to come.