Echo: The Weekly News

No more word count until the next book; volume 3 is done and being edited.

Thanks to All Who Bought Echo!  And BIG THANKS to Melissa, Barbara, Ian, Lorna, [anonymous], Lisa, Meg, Matt, Bobby, F.T., Alice Smith, Leslie Coop, Richard, Shauna, Sydney, Pam, Jessica, Angela, Kiesa, Ross, Keith, and Alice for posting AMAZING reviews on Amazon!!!  Ashley too for the 5 star on Nook!

News:  I am about to edit Chapter 44 of Echo 3 on my final run-through (there are 59 chapters in the book, plus a few others—prologue, epilogue, intro, afterword, etc.).  I’m sick of reading Echo 3.  SICK of it, haha!

I’m going to implement a few changes after I push Echo 3 out.  I recently read an outstanding blog post by this guy, professional and full-time author:  Jeremy Robinson, and have decided I want to try and write 4k words per day after Echo 3.  Because I’m an over-analyzer, I’ve been examining myself during the course of Echo 3 and realized that even though I pushed my daily word count up to 700 words per day, it’s taken TEN months to get Echo 3 in publishing order, when, if you do the math, it should have taken less than six.  Why is this?  I have a theory.

Because I’m relatively new at this, I have an “edit-as-you-go” strategy.  I hit my daily word count, then basically spend the rest of my day editing and marketing.  Here’s what I’ve realized:  During the writing process, your style changes.  So as I’m going through Echo 3, my style has changed, and by the time I’m done with a run of editing, things don’t look right ‘cos my writing style is different.  That means more editing.

So in order to mitigate this, I’m going to try and minimize my editing-due-to-style-change-over-the-course-of-time.  What’s my new strategy?  I’m going to try and draft the bulk of a novel in one go, then heavily edit it afterwards.  Striving for perfection is cool and all, but ten months for me is too long to spend on one novel.  Full-time authors, it seems, are cracking out THOUSANDS of words a day, not hundreds.

Everyone has their own process, and for me, writing is not just about creating worlds, but re-creating myself as well.  So when my gut tells me I’m ready to jump it up a notch, I’ll give it a go.  I’ve still got Echo 4, The Rarefied Tightrope (possibly a series), The Unbound Realm (definitely a series), Gul’ Thak (will have to change the name; Gul’ Thak is a barbarian antagonist in Kingdom Rush, and it is also possibly a series), and a meta-sci-fi detective noir book that may also be a series.  If I were to spend ten months per novel, or even six, then it’ll be a decade before I get all these out.  And what if more ideas hit me along the way?  Ideas don’t like being told to wait in the back of your head while they gather dust like forgotten, attic-bound relics.  No friends, it’s time to go pro; draft hard, edit hard, get projects out, then on to the next one.  I know some of you take an interest in how I’m developing as a writer, so that’s what I’m thinking as of today.

Anyways, if you are a writer, I wish you inspired drafting and insightful editing!!!


4 thoughts on “Echo: The Weekly News

  1. Write hot, edit cold. That edit write – edit-write some more will kill you and, as you say, force more re-writes. Write until you thin k it’s (over) done and then edit and you’ll be surprised how many extras you have. Unless you believe every word you write is golden you have waaaaay more book than you need. Some of those throw away chapters make great short stories, or books of their own. I’ve thougth about starting an open site for authors called “Throwaways” where everyone can dump the great chapter that didn’t do you a damn bit of good in the long run, but was fun to write and hang out with the characters. Good thought. Just write. Let the story tell itself, then clean it up.

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