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Revisions and networking

December 27th, 2017 – 3:06 pm

Good afternoon everyone!

I hope you had a nice Christmas season. It’s hard to believe it has already passed. Christmas always seems to pass by in a flurry of presents, food, family, and lack of sleep, haha.

Update on Jaden – he is still hanging in there. Please keep praying for the restoration of his health and for his family.

Revisions

I completed my second draft of Evren about a week ago now. I have been letting it sit and have turned my attention to watching movies (Arrival, Silence, The Pianist, Christmas Vacation – to name a few) and reading books (Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock, On Writing by Stephen King, and The Young Elites by Marie Lu). I have spent time with my family and my boyfriend and went for walks. It has been a time of recharging my creative batteries and letting my mind rest.

Now, back at it 😉

My plan for revisions are as follows:

  1. Re-read Evren in one sitting

-Make an updated scene list (a two-three sentence summary of every scene in the book).

-Make a list of big and small changes that I will need to make in draft three.

-Make notes on characterization additions and plot holes that need to be fixed.

  2. Create a daily to-do list for revisions

-Decide what scenes need to be scrapped, re-written, or revised.

-Begin to implement big and small changes in scenes and make notes in scene list of where the changes happen.

-Do the same with characterization and plot holes in the scene list.

As you can tell, a scene list is a powerful tool. It allows – at a glance –  you to see where your story is going. I can usually fit all my scenes on two pages. I then cut the page up so I can spread the individual scenes out on the floor and move them around if I need to.

Networking

For Christmas, my Mum bought me a membership to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

This is a society where I can meet other writers, post up chapters or query letters to get critiqued, learn about future conferences to attend, and more. I think it will be quite helpful in my journey as a writer. I’ve already posted on some of the forums 🙂

Writing is a solitary occupation. It is fun to reach out to other young adult writers and make connections with them. You can also grow as a writer if you join a critique group or look for a beta reader.

I have finally sent out the first chapter of Evren to two critique partners of mine. Eep! It’s the only way to improve.

That’s it for now, friends.

Until next time,

Loie xo

 

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