Writing is re-writing

May 2nd, 2018

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Good afternoon all!

Some of you may have heard this phrase before: writing is re-writing. A lot of the time, we look at the finished book in our hands and don’t realize the amount of drafts it took to get to the final copy. As a reader, I certainly didn’t know much about the process of writing a book.

When I first began writing more seriously in 2012, I was a newbie and didn’t know much about drafting and revising. I finished my first complete novel during NanoWrimo that fall and then in January took a look at the manuscript. It was awful. There were plot holes and two dimensional characters and hardly any description. The bits I did like I saved and then decided a re-write was in order. That was when I began researching how to re-write and revise.

Marissa Meyer has a great series about how she brings her story idea to a complete novel. She outlines what she does in each stage from brainstorming, research, first, second, third drafts, etc. I found that to be quite helpful when tackling my own first re-write.

https://www.marissameyer.com/blogtype/from-idea-to-finished-step-3-the-first-draft/

Presently: the continual learning curve 

I received feedback on my current fantasy WIP, THE LOST SAGES (formally titled EVREN) and am working on it now. There was so much helpful feedback that I’ve created a TO DO list and am tackling each one separately. Even though it feels like I have to climb a mountain, I know in my heart of hearts that I will be so proud of this book when I’m done.

The thing I am realizing too is, this book is one of the first projects I’ve taken on and I am learning SO much. I am receiving insight into myself as a writer and where my strengths and weaknesses lie. I am learning a lot about grammar and proper punctuation and the age old, show don’t tell rule as well as the infamous info dumping in fantasy novels 🙂 It is all good and encouraging. I know this is the path I need to take to grow as a writer. I want to feel confident in my ability to pen a story and have the proper tools in my toolbox, as Stephen King explains craft.

I am at the point in my writing career where I can sense a few things coming down the road. I want to write stories I am proud of and that have heart in them. I want people to to resonate with them and perhaps see themselves in the characters. I also want to write the best story possible. I don’t want to settle.

This week I have been thinking a lot about creativity and projects we take on. Sometimes if we take on too much, our writing suffers because of it. I’ve noticed that I haven’t been able to focus as much and find it hard to return and work on THE LOST SAGES. I sat down and wrote in my journal, trying to discern what was keeping me distracted. Too many projects on the go. I needed to narrow my focus and so I have. Now, I set myself a reachable goal for each week and hope to have this latest draft done by June.

What are you all working on? How many drafts do you write? I would love to hear below.

Until next time,

Loie xo

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March 3rd, 2018 9:53 am

Good morning all!

This blog post is dedicated to my young-adult fantasy, EVREN. I am planning on participating in Author Mentor Match – a fabulous opportunity for an aspiring author to be matched up with a mentor. The mentor and mentee work together to get the manuscript ready for submission to potential agents. *Squees*

It’s an amazing opportunity and I cannot get over the support and encouragement I see in the children’s literature world these past few years. There are heaps of contests and opportunities for aspiring authors.

http://authormentormatch.com/

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Traveling through Killarney, Ireland

Welcome! My name is Loie Dunn and I am an aspiring young adult fantasy author.  I am twenty-six-years old and I live in eastern Canada with my barber and ancient Jack Russell Terrier. Walking on the beach to collect sea glass is one of my favorite activities 🙂

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This photo was taken at the Cliffs of Moher where I was visiting one of my best friend’s, Triona. That trip was one of the best I have ever been on. Ireland is so beautiful – it truly is an emerald jewel. The people are so genuine and friendly. Did I mention they have awesome live music at nearly every pub?

I love to travel 😀 I hope to travel more in the future. Paris, Moscow, Africa, and Germany are on my bucket list. Someday …. 😉

Without further ado…. my work-in-progress: young adult fantasy, EVREN…

AKA a seafaring adventure with magic, romance, and friendship! 

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EVREN follows the dual POV of a young female sea navigator and an elf who has just been promoted as King’s Guard.

We get to follow Evren while she navigates the sea and East, who is learning how to manage his new position while relations become strained with the landwalkers and the sun-fae of Tarkais. East finds it doubly hard when a lovely sun-fae comes to court and asks for his help. Why? Her people are being persecuted.

Evren lives on a poor island, fishing for a living, because she cannot find any navigating jobs. When the handsome and eccentric Captain Sa’av arrives on the island looking for someone to bring him to the sinister Sea Queen’s lair, Evren jumps at the task. Even though Rusalka’s lair is not found with landwalkers eyes, Evren promises Sa’av that she can bring him there.

Evren has a secret: she can navigate the sea without a compass.

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What happens when Evren finds out the real reason they are going to Rusalka’s Lair?

An epidemic is sweeping Tarkais and Captain Sa’av is charged with finding an antidote to the sickness that has infected him and more to follow. Evren cannot walk away from this task, especially not when she has begun to fall for the Captain.

Will Rusalka give them the antidote? Evren is uncertain, especially since the Sea Queen has begun to utter death threats over the wind.

There you have it, friends! Thank you for reading. I hope you like my story 🙂

Now to keep editing until Author Mentor Match.

Loie ❤