Edits

Editing is time consuming. Apparently I like the words “directly” and “suddenly.” Good news for me, punctuation is tight and my manuscript is more active than passive. Some changes, ok ok, many changes in the first four chapters. But it’s a task well worth the time. It’s what I’ve been up to lately. I needed a break so here I am to share an excerpt from one of my chapters. Since I’m in the process of editing it’s subject to change but here goes:

Liz got to her feet and steadied herself against the wall. Her dark blonde hair mangled, clothes twisted. Bill, Margaret, and George looked about the same, like they went through a twister.
“I can’t believe this,” Liz said as she looked around the room.
A second before a fierce fight between the serial killer and her ancestor abruptly ended, both apparitions disappeared, to where she had no idea.
George helped Margaret get to her feet, she more anxious than he to get to Liz. She dashed across the room excited.
“Liz, are you all right?”
She and Liz both looked around at what they expected to be a mess. Everything in the room, a war zone seconds before, was intact.
“We don’t need a séance now.” Margaret said with a wide grin.
“The clock, Margaret, did you hear the clock?” Liz asked.
“Hear it! My ears will ring for weeks!”
“Hey, everything… looks normal,” George said, scratching his head.
Bill laughed and said, “Everything except you three.”

Overall the story is dark. Some scenes aren’t meant for all readers. This is an example of me attempting to lighten things up to give the reader a break. The fight ended. The characters are excited but see how things are getting back to normal, from, “I can’t believe this,” to wide grins and laughs.
Yes I did notice the words like, twisted and twister. May change when I edit chapter six.
My manuscript needs work. I’ve decided not to rush the process. I’m concentrating on active vs passive, conciseness, word usage and well rounded characters. My goal, try not to drive the editor crazy. Not me. The real editor. I’m a self published author who has learned the hard way, editing matters.

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I’m Reaching

35,067words behind me, 14,933 to reach the end of the goal of 50,000 words before midnight November 30th. I’m a day behind on my word count, however a four day weekend and less distractions by Friday will provide enough time to catch up. I definitetly don’t need to fall behind another day though!

I’m reaching! I’m cooking Thanksgiving dinner for one and that’s a day to enjoy with my family and I’m struggling with my story! Don’t get me wrong I’ll make it to the end, but now is the time for the great climax to come together. I have to decide who lives and who dies, if anyone.

Macon, my main character, what a surprise right, is recieving help, he thinks, but the outcome hasn’t left my brain and joined him just yet. I’ll need to come up with something in less than 15,000 words and in nine days!

NaNoWriMo is truly a challenge! I’ve come this far! So have many of you! There’s no turning back or giving up. This is it the final push. We’ve come so far and though I’m reaching and maybe you are too, this is the month we finish our novels.

Now there, I said it, now get back to work.

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