So, I’ve been working my way through the first edit for the story I’m going enter into the 5000 word competition at www.britishfantasysociety.co.uk. I got into the habit a few years ago of writing stories down instead of keeping them in my head and waiting for a competition to present itself so I could use it. What if such a thing never happened? Anyway, I wrote down one such idea and it will be my entry into the aforementioned comp. The story centres on a man with a special gift that he does not know and has yet to discover why it is in fact special and why he has the gift in the first place. He takes drastic measures to try and find answers when a random crime happens in front of him and gives him an idea. Will the idea help him or will it be his down fall?
I’m not sure yet to be honest. So far my hero is following along with a new friends plan for world domination in the quite literal sense. I’ve already spotted a few changes I’d like to make to my story so I’m sure that will be fun chopping and changing stuff to get them in (yawn) This story had been floating around in my skull for years until I committed it to paper and made plenty of notes to back it up with. But, after years of it just sitting on my laptop and waiting to be edited (sad face) it finally got its wish.
And now I cannot find the smeggin notes I made. None of the bloody things. Not one single chuffin word. I’ve checked my high number of note pads and books and nothing. Goose egg none. This does mean I’ll have to remember it all again but this may be a good thing. Possibly. I’ll let you know how I get on.
With this loss of notes I decided to try something different. I decided to write another story, this time a western, and only make notes as I went along. I can only makes notes as I write with any plot points and such being created along the way. I’m not sure how this will work out but so far I have given my hero, currently named Benedict, a back story involving his parents and possible the reason why he is going to do…whatever it is he is going to do. In truth, I have plenty of ideas knocking about but so I’ll either use them for something else or throw them all in at once for this new story. May god have mercy on my soul.
Well, thank you for reading and I’ll see next time.
And the edit goes on. I’ve managed to do three chapters and a bit so far. The story is in its introduction faze as in introducing people and building the picture. This will lead to research, which leads to a big re write in the back ground before rewriting the actual thing. I know this because…
I edited the first page of the forth chapter by mistake. I must’ve just printed off an extra page or something. That page reminded me of the first big back story I have to re-write for this story. The hero of the piece has a miscreant sister that inadvertently paved the way for him becoming a searcher. I have it in my mind’s eye and all that for her to come good in some way. But now I think about it, maybe she won’t. I don’t know at this point, but a vehicle was needed for my hero to travel in towards greatness so she’ll feature in some way. I think I’ve got enough villains but they’re all demons. Should all my villains be non-humans? Who knows? I’ll probably decide whilst I’m in work and then struggle to find a pen to write it down. Fingers crossed I remember it when I’m already on Evernote.
I’ve found that I can edit a few pages in a sitting and not feel like I’m rushing. When I realised this I naturally assumed I could get the edit done slightly quicker than I thought. No dice sunshine said the universe. What with life having me doing loads of stuff, chief among these seeing my sister, brother in law and little nephew over the weekend, means that the edit will stay on the track it was on when I started. Whatever that was. As soon as I think I’m getting ahead, I find I’ve said to myself, just one more game of Pro Evo Soccer, too many times and the evening has got away from me. Here’s hoping I can get some discipline when it comes to that game.
Ok. I can’t think of anything to write so…have a good week doing whatever you do.
And so it has come to this. After all the talking, moaning, wondering, asking, preying and then…Monday came along. No hiding from it with short stories or competition entries. Then was the time.
And so on. To be fair I have been slightly scared of the edit due to the size of it. 81,860 words to be exact. I am looking to edit one page a day for the next….however many days. I could work it out but you can if you like. It doesn’t make a difference. It’ll get done. I’ve edited two pages so far. Just focusing on the story and the words and sentences and the like. So far, I’ve changed the first paragraph completely and almost changed how the love interest to my lead character looks. Well, I have changed how she looks a little. Initially, I didn’t make her sound to appealing and sound good enough for my lead to take an interest when she flirts with him. Now she sounds better and I’m happy. For now. All I have to do is remember the change whenever she is mentioned again. It was only small so I think I’ll be fine.
It’s interesting how I’ve changed my first paragraph almost completely. Well to me anyway. I submitted the first chapter to www.critiquecircle.co.uk in April and received some glowing feedback about the whole thing and some less so but both were constructive. And now I’ve changed the whole first paragraph? How many more changes will I make? #screamofannoyance
But this is all part of the fun. I am enjoying it like I thought I would. I prefer the new first paragraph and I might give www.critiquecircle.co.uk another visit and find out what A.N Other thinks of it. I might message the same people who fedback to me before…
I also, en route to starting the edit, fixed my printer and watched an appalling film version of Dorian Grey. The printer only required a new cartridge but, having used it a month ago with no problems and then finding it didn’t work over the past week, I feared the worst. I.e. buying a new printer. But it’s sorted now. As for that film version, more on that later.
And I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped me from the League of Super Writers, a seminal writing group on Facebook that supplied me with some valuable hints and tips and a possible book to buy for help that will all help me on my editing journey. Wonderfully, there are too many helpful league members to mention so I say to you all, thank you very much.
Right, back to the edit.