It feels as though its been a while since I’ve posted about craft on this blog. Keep in mind when I discuss craft here that I am no expert, and all technique in writing is dependent on the writer’s own voice, style, and intentions.
I have begun a round of editing for a novel I plan to release next month. This one is a young adult, but today isn’t about that. Today is about editing.
In the past (Up to and including the time I wrote this novel I’m working on now), I tried for a minimalist approach, possibly because that was what got the stories down. More recently I started filling out description and worldbuilding more. As a result, I have a lot of work ahead of me to make this older book fit into the new style (Which is the only way it will make good sense, from my point of view).
The work doesn’t look too tough, but there is a lot to expand in the old novel’s text.
I’ve got a sense that the biggest troubles will be copy-editing for this book, because I won’t have time to run it through the writing group before I plan to release it. I think I’ll probably be requesting beta readers from other places soon enough. But before I do that, I’m going through the story one or two more times.
Characters need improved definition. Worldbuilding needs clarification. Story and emotion need sharpening.
So I’m off.
Oh, and if you haven’t read Stolen Parts yet, that is my short story up on Amazon right now.
The year is still very young. Have a great day, folks!