Editing My First Draft: Writing Exposition

The system I have in place has been going quite well. Here’s a preview of the editing key I created on Instagram.

It took me a couple of hours just to edit six pages…out of 470ish? Haha. It’s great fun, actually. After stressing over the ending and coming back to the beginning, the ending looks clearer and easier to manage. For now, I’m at the beginning, relearning how to write exposition well. I found a great video for that actually.

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This is the same channel I recommended on my Magic Systems post. I’m definitely going to be sharing more resources in the future. I’m hunting for them constantly and get excited when they have damn good advice. Hope this helps anyone who needs it. Speaking of which, here are two of the books I’m currently studying right now, just to get the basics down and start thinking outside the box. Click on the pictures to check them out.

Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft 9th ed. by Janet Burroway, Elizabeth Stuckey-French, and Ned Stuckey-French – Great for learning the basics of fiction and storytelling and good for review. I’m pretty sure I got this book in college.

Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot by Jane K. Cleland – I bought this a couple years ago. More than anything, this book reminds you to keep your audience in mind and helps you keep your writing fresh and inventive.

Hope that helps anyone who needs it. I’m grateful to have them…obviously

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So, here’s what’s been going on…

Sorry. I kind of fell off of WordPress again without meaning to. I don’t know why, but it seems like it takes less energy to just make a quick post on social media than it does posting on here.

Anyway, many awesome things have happened. First draft complete, as shown via Instagram.

Okay, it wasn’t really “done” done at this time…I was frustrated lol. But after getting past some printing complications, which required using up two whole cartridges of black ink…and fighting headaches/migraines…

…Then creating a fun Editing Key for the novel and to make myself happy again…

I finally printed the first draft manuscript in its entirety, reaching a proud 470 pages and 130792 words.

I’m incredibly proud of the work I’ve done, but there’s much more to come. I’ll be sharing my creative projects more frequently now that the first draft is complete. More music, more art, more writing, more everything. I’m excited to share with you all.

I probably should stop announcing it and just do it.

Yeah. Get ready.

First Draft Progress: Four Days Until Deadline

Words Written Today: 1132 Words (I did more editing/rereading than writing to prepare for the ending lol)
Approx Total Word Count: 115k Words

If I were to guess how many chapters were left, I’d say about…three to four and only one of them will be much longer than the rest of them. Then I have to rewrite the prologue. We’ll see.

First Draft Progress – One More Week!

Words Written The Last Couple of Days: About 3576 words
Total Word Count Is About: 114,149 words

So close to the end. While writing, I realized I need more scifi literature in my life. I have some, but not enough. Because…aliens. Are aliens even really that alien? They’re just another species in a different part of the universe. Humans can be considered aliens. Well, whatever, I just want to write about a telepathic species from a higher dimension and for it to not sound…awkward? I think that’s the word I’m looking for.

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First Draft Progress – 11 Days Until Deadline

Words Written Today: 2616 words
Word Count Total: 108,049

A little research on mythology, but mostly writing today. I had a tiny “writer’s block”, if those are even real, and successfully conquered it. It got me thinking about character arcs and making sure I do them right.

I’m so tired, but today was a fabulous day.

Do you think writer blocks are real? I don’t think they are anymore lol.

First Draft Progress – Three Days Until Deadline

Words Written so far today: 1372 words
Current Total Word Count: 104,317 words

Research Topic:

  • Vampires
  • Character building

Time for my vamp lady to get some attention and face some psychological trauma. Yay! The featured picture is an idea of how I visualize her for the most part.

I have to do a bit of research before I can continue writing though. I’m making today a major writing sprint sort of day hoping to at least reach the epilogue. I’m doing this back and forth thing where I’m letting the pressure get to me because it’s made me more adamant about writing, but at the same time I’m not going to kick my ass if I don’t reach the end by June 1st. It’s fine.

I think.

I don’t know.

I like reaching goals.

Research time. More updates tonight.

First Draft Progress – Five Days Until Deadline Pt. 2

Word Count Today: 2822 words
Current Word Total: 102,920 words

No research today.

Additional Work Needed:

  • Creating certain spells and incantations for characters
  • Should I create a new language? Will I hate myself if I do? Probably
  • Continuity checks on character arcs

I’m ultra proud of my writing sprint today.

I’ve broken 100k and I’m predicting I may reach 150k. That might be because a friend challenged me to reach it, but who knows how far it’ll go. Honestly, writing at the end of the second act is such an intense time for writing, at least for me. The momentum is nonstop. My imagination won’t stop. Nothing stops. I’m enjoying it. I’m even happier that I have an ending to keep my focus on. I see the finish line. I’m ready to cross it.

Tomorrow will be the last day of airplane travel. I’ll definitely be doing some writing before hand and on the way. I will admit, the pressure of the deadline is helping so much, but I’m also unsure if I’ll actually meet it lmao! I’m still going to try, but there’s still so much! My chapters are getting longer, my descriptions of my world are becoming more dense, and my characters are so much more fun to delve into and it’s fun to think about how I want the audience to take them in. This project is so much work.

I love it. No complaints whatsoever. I’mma reach that deadline, damn it.