Author’s Log 3003.20

2020 has been an interesting year so far. I’ve been quiet here because I’ve simply been sprinting towards the finish line.

I interviewed and selected an editor for A Fool’s Errand which made everything much more tangible. An original date for handing over the manuscript has had to be modified a little due to changing availability because of Covid-19.

The great news is that at the end of April, the manuscript will be out of my hands and off with my editor. That will be very strange for me, because there will be nothing I can do for 2 months while it gets treated.

At the moment we believe August will be our publishing month. I’d love it to be earlier but I can’t see it.

When I hand that over it will be time to go back to working on Book 2. Which has a targeted hand over date of Dec 31.

Key Work of Late:

  • Editing the book
  • More editing
  • More more editing
  • Interviewing and choosing an editor
  • Prepping this site and other materials for publication

Author’s Log 2709.19

Slow progress on the editing at the moment.

Mostly due to the editing and pre-publishing of my new Workbook for my nonfiction, which you can see over at Website Planning Guide.

I am at about 70% editing of the book, and spending time inspecting the nature of my characters at the moment. Especially the secondary characters. Once I opened this process it was like a can of worms. YOU develop one character a little better then you have to check them all.

In the long term it is the right thing to do but progress has slowed because of it.

Key Work of Late:

  • Editing the book
  • Character reviews
  • Adding more into the world wiki I am using to manage all the elements

Author’s Log 2607.19

The last month has been a busy one in matters unrelated to my fiction writing, so there’s been a break from making solid progress.

In completing the latest Non-fiction draft, i set myself a reward for a trip away to reconnect with my novel and get new energy into the editing process.

I never had too much trouble sitting down to write, but the discipline of editing every day hasn’t stuck fully with me yet.

The reward week away on my own to rebuild momentum has been a big success, with my latest editing of A Fool’s Errand at over half the book.

It has been super helpful to get up every day and block out half the day with no other task but editing. That of course included new writing as well.

Key Work of Late:

  • Editing more than 50% of the book
  • Writing new chapters
  • Checking in on key elements of my storyworld
  • Finding some inconsistencies and correcting them
  • Adding more into the world wiki I am using to manage all the elements