Thursday, August 22, 2013

Revisions for 8-13 complete.

Except for feedback from my beta readers, chapters 8 through 13 have received their major revisions. They went quite quickly, which is a bit of a worry. I tend to overlook things when it goes so well.

The speed at which those revisions were made reminds me of this YouTube video of Brandon Sanderson writing a chapter. It's a high speed video which shows him writing and editing a chapter. Its twenty plus minutes long and interesting to watch--at least for a few minutes. He does a lot of editing as he goes which I find reassuring since I do a lot of that myself.

"New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson writes a chapter from Words of Radiance, the sequel to The Way of Kings, to be published in late 2013 (hopefully) or early 2014."

Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite writers in fantasy. Some folks criticize his work as wordy. I haven't read all of his works, but I don't have any issues with his style. I find it refreshing in a lot of ways.

He spins a great yarn with plot twists and surprising magical abilities which are presented in a believable format. The first book I read was "Elantris" which blew me away. It had an innocence which I had not seen in other writers. Yet, the tension in the story did not suffer because of it. I like his ability to develop his characters in a way that I became invested in their lives.

Now that I've found him on YouTube with so many videos I will be taking the time to listen to him over and over again.

Another video, which I discovered on Alara Harpell's blog is great advice for any writer who gets even a little fatigued by the constant thrum of how difficult it is to get published.
It features the renowned author, Anne Rice.

Visit Alara K. Harpell's blog. Get a taste of her writing style. It's great.

Thanks for the video Alara.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Revision update.

Revisions up through chapter 8 are in hand. Next they go to my beta readers for last minute suggestions and changes. The chapters are beginning to roll along as I get deeper into the book. Chapters 1 through 4 are almost completely new with new and expanded characters along with some world building and hints about the magic system.

So far the feedback on those first chapters has been great. Chapters 5 through 8 are rebuilt with the added punch my editor said the characters needed. The rest of the book is expected to go much faster, though I can't promise new ideas won't get in the way. My editor, Teresa Edgerton, dropped some hints and ideas, among other things, to make it better.

I love to complain about those suggested changes to this historical work of art. However, I can see without a doubt Teresa's right--well, mostly. All right, always, but who's in charge of the complaint department here?

Chapter 9 is a must rewrite. Originally written to kick up the intensity, it now can be saved for the next book in the series, tentatively titled "The Weaver's Anvil." The new chapters are sufficient to develop the tension needed.

I'm excited about the coming edits and revisions. As Diann Thornley Read recently posted on her facebook page regarding her editors suggestions, "creative juices flowing like crazy." My muse, a.k.a wife, is hard at work seeing those juices remain manic.

"Thank you, dear. You can put the cattle prod away now."