Hello fellow writers, re-writers and readers
Just a quick note to let you know I’ve finished my first draft of the manuscript
“In The Woods”
I’m very excited about the story line, it’s different from my last books and I really like the protagonist, Samantha Tremblay. She’s a Vermont Forest Ranger who’s involved with solving a murder after she stumbles across the first dead body in the woods. Samantha has her own quest as well, finding her Native American roots. I hope to represent that group of people as best I can. We all want to know who we are, where we come from, but for Native Americans, it’s often a difficult path.
I still have to edit some more, but I think a break is needed just to forget about the work for a week, so then I can begin again with fresh eyes. This is an editing practice—to step away and let the brain rest, and it works!
My Process to write the first draft:
- I write the draft using Scrivener to help me make a cohesive story line using the tools available, which includes tracking my word count, a great motivator.
- Then I compile it into a Word docx file and use the editor in Word.
- Next, I use the Grammarly editing software loaded into my Word software (it turns the Word editor off but gives many more insights, like overused words).
- Last step, I take each chapter separately and paste it in the Hemingway App software for desktop and review and make changes as appropriate to make the manuscript easier to read.
When my first draft is finished, I load it into Jutoh software and create a quick eBook (no worries about metadata etc. yet) and share it with Beta reader(s). Then I’m ready to let someone else read it while I rest. So, this week I’m on vacation.
A few other editing tips:
- DIY YOUR EDIT: 10 TIPS TO SHAPE UP YOUR MANUSCRIPT Post written by NYBookEditors.com
I’m taking a week off, even writers deserve a vacation.
But do we ever really take one?
Of course, I’ll be reading by the pool, but if you’re like me, that becomes part of the writing training. I can no longer read just for the sake of reading. I dissect the plot, check the clues, see if the characters are congruent. I do the same when I watch a movie or television show. It’s a good way to recognize others’ skill of their craft.
The story could be the most thrilling you’ve experienced or a complete bomb, but always a learning experience for you.