Following on from my last post, I edited the first few pages of the first chapter of my vision-of-the-future story, The End Solution.
One of the pieces of helpful feedback I received from my last post was to try to picture the street that the start of the chapter takes place on. I walk up and down said street every day and have done so for the past ten months, so this should have been a no brainer and something I should’ve considered. Captain Hindsight, I know your pain. Anyway, I pictured it and made some changes and immediately thought it read a lot better. I’m a little bit biased (Surprised?) but it was easier and smoother to read compared to what was there before it. I closed my eyes to picture the street and it didn’t take long for me to write enough of a description to hopefully set the scene and put the reader in the story alongside the characters. Or floating above them or walking just behind them at least.
I also changed what I thought was needed to put the story out of the passive and into the active voice. Again the story was smoother to read and was a lot more gripping. Actually putting the reader into the action instead of telling them about it like it happened a few minutes ago. As in, if you had changed from your work shoes to your boots to go home before the end of work instead of at the end of it, you would have seen it. Anyway, all in all I’m happy with the progress I’ve made so I may post the edited version on here at some point.
I continued to write the rest of The End Solution after doing this and I reckon I’m about five to ten chapters from the end of it. Although, I don’t know which of three possible, up to now, endings I’m going to use. But, like with all the other long stories I’ve written, the ending will come to me all of a sudden and I won’t be able to stop writing. I do enjoy that part.
Right then, thank you for reading and I’m going to get back to it. Oh, and the cold part of the title refers to a cold I picked up, after a small bout of food poisoning, that slightly ruined my week. It’s gone now though. I’m beginning to think giving up beer for thirty days was a bad idea. My body seems to be telling me so.
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Where can I see this first chapter? Would like to comment.
Hang on I found it….brace for comment.
Ok. If you’d like my first attempt at editing it, let me know. Thanks
Very happy to have discovered your blog via Facebook, John. I’m writing a novel too and had debated the idea of recording my reflections and journey regarding the process. Emotions evolve all the time and I’m afraid of losing this time later on. All the best with your book & I look forward to reading more.
I’m glad you enjoy my blog. It has served me well and has helped me to improve my writing immensely. All the constructive feedback I’ve received, tips and suggestions have all been very helpful. Thanks a lot for your support and I hope you enjoy my blog from now on!