I've been a member of Medium since November 2016 just to try out the platform. I wanted to see how the platform functioned from a Blogger's perspective and whether it could be a viable outlet. Come June 2017 I decided to write this article to inform as to why I've been absent over
Production has been rampant on the 4th Draft of the saga!
Progress is therefore slow and precise as I seek to harmonise the draft going forwards.
Major benefits are that post 3rd Draft, the book was printed asa paper manuscript and has had its first critical review by a beta
Back from Beta 1!
The very first beta read of my 3rd draft has returned which will now allow me to continue on the 4th draft. I was surprised at how long it actually took to go through this which is why I was led to write a huge amount of content for my alternative.
Breakers is an alternate Science Fiction book that I had been writing prior to the 515 Saga. This is a working title as I'm pretty sure someone would have claimed the word by now. This novel features a post war future where Humanity have been split down the middle.
At over 100,000 words
The establishment is not something you might link with personal writing. Unfortunately it is there. Writing and the reading that goes with it is a unique taste for everybody. Like fine wine, you eventually end up with a clique that expects and demands an established thought on how
The observant of you will notice that I didn't get an update out last month owing to a busy period post graduation. I'm happy to announce that I'm now a BA (Hons) graduate in Business Studies and it has been 8 years in the making. I'm looking forward to my graduation ceremony at the
Progress has been slow this month mostly because I'm reaching a certain key point.
After the initial elation at reaching 3rd Draft, my progress on the final touches has slowed.
515 Lost World Saga Progress May 2016
The initial book has been difficult to add to mostly owing to
All hail the 3rd Draft!!!
I have completed some rewrites towards the end of the novel in the 2nd Draft and will now move into making sure that the flow, established facts and consistency of lore and utility is maintained.
Chapter 26 was a target for rewriting. On the most part
March passed by like a blur like Marches always do. Can you remember March? I always struggle in the year. A lot has bitten at my time apple this month so my novel progress was lower than expected. I managed to cram in a few days of good work towards the end of the month but there hasn’t been a mass of progress.
Now that I’m not recording word count, so much as repairing certain elements, I am continuing along the vein of tightening up the structure. I am still replacing as many “Thing” “Very” and “Like” words as I can. I am also trying to simplify and bolster areas that need it.
My novel is growing now in terms of chapters. First draft reached 11 and by means of spreading things out into better sections I have now reached 15 chapters (and growing). I’m more than half way through the novel and it is proceeding well.
February is traditionally the short month. Even with a leap day this year, it is still the shortest month of the year. It also passed by very quickly.
The Lost World Saga as noted in the last post, is happily into the 2nd Draft stage. Reporting will now change because my new target is not based on Word Count.
515 Lost World Saga Progress February 2016
Draft 2 for me is about architecture. I am breaking down the established chapters I’d created in 1st Draft and redistributing them into smaller bite-size chunks.
The first 3 chapters have been inflated to 9 smaller chapters ranging from 2,500 – 4,000 words.
I have also taken a further look at the language used in 2nd draft to remove a certain adverb and two other trouble words. In order to make the writing a deeper read, I’ve taken away words that I use regularly but don’t do much by the way of description.
- VERY (Adverb)
- LIKE (Preposition)
- THING (Noun)
When I rewrite any of my sentences to exclude these three danger words, they are lifted from humdrum to hazzah in seconds. I fully expect that when I submit the final manuscript for editing, there will be a number of other bad habits that once higlighted, can be eliminated.