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.
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:
- 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.
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,