At risk of sounding like I'm just complaining, seriously, how hard is it to find someone that can edit a 1,000 + page novel in a reasonable amount of time? I mean I know people have lives and such but there's gotta be someone with some free time at understand that I am a poor California Boy and can't afford to pay a professional editor. Not with what they charge, jeez.
Almost makes me want to be an editor to make that kinda money. I'll stick with writing though.
Anyways, back to the great editor search. If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to let me know.
I have determined that I really need to stop making a 'goal' as far as page or word count goes with my writing. I almost never seem to actually reach whatever goal I set. As in last night, when I wanted to break 40,000 words in 'The Expansion' from 33,818. This did not happen.
I DID however reach 34,592. Bit shy of 1,000 new words yesterday and while that's not anywhere near the goal I had set for myself any progress is good in my opinion.
Perhaps I'm being too critical. Yes my word count or page count goals rarely happen as I intend, but perhaps I'm reaching a bit too far on some of them? seriously more than 6,000 words in the later portion of an evening? I'm sure there are numerous people out there that could do that with their eyes closed, I am obviously not one of them though. Not on a regular basis at least.
So I'm going to set a new goal here. Let's try for 2,000 words today and see what happens eh? Who's with me?
Ok, that's alright. I see how it is. No worries, I'll just have to prove everyone wrong.
Alright, so as my wife keeps mentioning (and she's right) I'm really bad at this whole social media thing. I really need to hire someone to regularly smack me upside the head, or maybe hire a midget to crack me in the kneecaps with a baseball bat periodically to remind me to update you guys on the goings on in the twisted world that is my mind and writing.
At present here's the current updates as they stand.
Book Two of the Shadow Walkers 'Let Her Cry' is still largely unedited. I am not rolling in money to hire an editor so I'm working piece meal with knowledgeable friends and generous associates willing to help edit. The problem is that after the book was formatted in the manner that is requested most commonly by trade publishing houses the book came out to be over 1,000 pages in length. 0_0 That is a lot larger than I originally intended it to be and I'm attempting to whittle things down a bit to make it somewhat more manageable while doing the editing.
In other news my Shattered Lines series has taken over a large portion of my world. I am currently 179 pages into writing the first of 15 planned novels with that series as well as a Bestiary that currently has over 150 different magical races and creatures in it. Several of the creatures in the Bestiary are original creations from my own demented imaginings.
Shameless plug here. I get enough people curious about some of these creatures I may be persuaded to give you guys a sneak peek at a few of them.
I'm going to start trying to make a better point of posting at least every few days, at the longest once a week with updates on where the work stands and how far along things are going. I know you guys have been extremely patient (I haven't recieved any threatening notices in weeks) and I appreciate that more than I can say.
There'll be another update at the end of tonight with how much further I've gotten along in any of my writings. Keep you guys sated for a bit. Right now 'The Expansion" stands at 179 pages and 33,818 words. I'm shooting to break the 40,000 word mark tonight if I can. We'll see how I do with all the distractions around here.
Now if you'll excuse me, I must go prevent a four year old from coloring on the walls with more permanent marker...
So, I've decided to send along a little holiday cheer to those waiting ever so patiently for 'Let Her Cry' to be released. (Still having trouble getting into contact with my editor, we're working on it)
So here I have decided to release the cover that a friend of mine worked together for me for Book Two. Here it is the final cover art for 'Let Her Cry'
My wife is pleased to find that since I followed her lead and located a writing app known as Storyist for my iPad I honestly haven't touched my computer in weeks. I've done 99% of all my work, writing, editing, online work and such from the iPad that she gave me and yes it has worked out fabulously.
Loving this thing more and more each day and I'm making headway in leaps and bounds on several of my current projects. Shadow Walkers Book Three is in progress and coming along nicely. I have made a huge jump yesterday and today with my newest series Shattered Lines. The first book in the series has been titled The Expansion and with the better organization I've recently discovered it's practically writing itself.
I've never been much of an Apple person but I must admit I am loving how well this iPad is working for me on these projects. And the app she turned me onto, 'Storyist' is an amazing tool for any writer.
I hope everyone enjoys the cover and you all have a good holiday and a happy New Years.
Day Two coming to a close. How's everybody feeling? Anybody else out there reading this that's participating? It's been a fun ride so far I must say. Things are coming along with my work Fade to Black and my wonderful wife is having a lot of fun working her way through her own novel. Her first work of fiction 'Revenge is Timeless' (psst... Ive read some of it. It's GOOD. And not being said as a husband.)
So with Day Two ending in 2 minutes here I have 7,125 words under my belt. With a 1,667 word count daily minimum I am well ahead of schedule and pleased with that. I'll need it to keep me ahead of the slow days where I don't have time or motivation to crank out a few thousand words. Otherwise I'll never finish this 50,000 words in 30 days.
It's a daunting task, but a fun challenge and I've met so many interesting and entertaining people that I'm thrilled to count as new friends and colleagues in the world of writing.
Best of luck to all of you and may the ink flow smoothly.
With the Nanowrimo event coming up there's been a lot of discussion around the forum and Facebook groups on exactly this topic. Do you prepare to the gills with outlines, plot pints, character descriptions and background stories? Or do you have an idea and maybe a character concept or two and fly by the seat of your pants through the month of November, praying that it all comes together enough for you to get out 50,000 words before midnight chimes on November 30th and you turn into a pumpkin?
Well my wife is a planner. That's what she does and she's quite skilled at it. I believe she has a better chance of completing her 50,000 words in the allotted time considering she is so much better organized than I am.
I am not entirely a Pantser per se. I have a plot. I have a plan for my story. I have written out some outlines, descriptions of some of my characters. But my idea at this point stands mostly at an I have a point A) where the book starts, and I have a point Z) where the book shall eventually end. I however make up most of the stuff in between on the fly. But as I write I will continue to outline and make notes, add new ideas and such as I go along and by the time I finish the book, I will have a complete outline and plan for writing the novel. The same novel that I just finished writing.
Yes I'm Bass Ackwards. But it works for me. Some people prepare until they are blue in the face. Others wake up the morning of November 1st and think 'Oh I have to come up with a story idea for my new novel today don't I?' and off they go at a good clip.
Each of us is different and each of us writes, prepares or doesn't in their own way.
Personally I say stop worrying so much about how you prepare or how much you prepare and let others do their own thing while you do yours. There is no right way to write. There is only your way when it comes to writing YOUR novel.
Ryan T. Nelson is a multi talented native of Long Beach, CA. He is a 28 year old husband, father, student, mechanic, volunteer, and now, published author. His first book, The Shadows' Birth, has been published on Amazon Kindle (http://amzn.to/shadowsbirth) Ryan has been writing for decades and has finally self published his very first book, which is already receiving numerous positive reviews.