My blogging has been on a hiatus. My writing has very nearly been on one. The word hiatus, only slightly recombobulated (and with a bit of “e”), says “I hate us.” That makes me sad, because I don’t hate us at all really.
I love this writing and blogging thing, and this sense of community. I’ve missed it. A lot.
Now that I’ve fallen off the writing wagon (due to work mostly, baby rearing partly, minecraft possibly also…) there’s only one thing to do: get my arse back in the saddle/office chair.
I’ve started by picking a new task, namely writing a long synopsis for Last Resort. I think it will strengthen the story and show me what to cut. Here’s why:
– I’m setting it all out in alternating scenes and sequels. A scene is where the character goes for their goal, there’s conflict, and then some sort of cataclysm. A sequel is them reacting to what’s happened, seeing how bad things are when the dust clears, and making a decision. This leads back into another scene, and so on…
– Anything that isn’t an essential part of a scene or a sequel gets cut, not just in the synopsis but in the final manuscript.
Sounds easy right! Once this is done I’m going to have the whole book summarised in about 20 pages, and I should be able to think more about how well it flows and what to add or change.
What else have I been up to? Finished some books (reviews coming soon) and sent the first quarter of my MS to my alpha reader (mum).
Exciting stuff! I’m also holidaying in sunny Cairns for Christmas, so poolside beers ahoy.
Stay safe this holidays, mein humans.