I got back from the writing retreat setup by Randy McCharles earlier this week. Randy’s a great friend to writers of all levels. Check him out. He has new series coming out soon. More news as events warrant.
Ok – the people at the retreat made me feel ashamed of my commitment level.
They were a bunch of BIC’s (Bums In Chairs) It was humbling. Their schedule looked something like this:
- Writing by 630 AM
- Short Break 10:15
- Lunch Noon (45 Min)
- Short Break 230 ish
- Dinner 6:00 PM (an Hour)
- And most nights another 2 hours of writing then a sit around chat.
With the guilt hanging over my head after the first day I tried to buckle down and get crunching out the writing.
Here’s what got accomplished:
- 30K editing pass – and then sent to an editor for revision, plus alpha readers. Yes I crapped my pants.
- 10K New words
- Major problems resolved- two
- Incorporate all changes from Editor on the Prologue. (2500 words)
This is for what I refer to as the “CheeseSpaceOpera” Today’s working title “Icarus: Book One of the System War”.
Some of you might be still coughing about me sending something to an editor, please check her site out: http://moreedits.ca/. If she can work with me, she can work with anyone.
So in an effort for full transparency – Yes – I am on the road to having something published; either self-published or otherwise. (Insert Laugh Track Here)
The biggest single new technique I learned and put into practise – Editing pass while you listen to the story. I did this through MS Word’s “Read Aloud” function. It’s astounding the sheer volume of prepositions I don’t put in when I write.
What are you going to put into practice for your writing?