Late Night Thoughts

And so I am up at 2 AM in the morning typing a blog post on my iPad. For some reason, I can’t sleep tonight. I’m not exactly sure why. But it does give me an opportunity to apologize for my readers my lack of posts over the last few weeks. However, that has been due to some great progress on my novel. For those of you who might remember, I hired Erin Stropes in Montreal to edit my novel. She did a great job and got it back to me in June.

Since then, I have been diligently working away at it. First, I have been doing a development edit. This will be followed by a line edit based on the comments that Erin gave me. To wit, the development edit has been hugely successful. I have probably rewritten about 25 percent of the novel, but the changes have made the story much quicker with far less confusion than before. I have probably learned more about writing over these past few months then I had over the previous ten years.

I should finish the developmental edit this Sunday. I will probably take the rest of the week off, make sure that I don’t have more major changes that I would like to make and then start on the line edit. The reason that I have to push myself so quickly is that I have to get the next version of the manuscript to Erin by early December so she can do the second and final edit over the Christmas break. I have been spending about 2-3 hours a day on this manuscript so it will be nice to get something of a break. I wish I had the time to go into more detail over the changes at have been made but it’s hard to explain what exactly is going on without having the manuscript in front of you. Once I submit the manuscript to my editor, I will have more time to post.

There have been some topics that I would like to go into further detail over the Christmas Break. I would love to write a shot-by-shot analysis of the zero-g fight scene in Inception and explain why it works so well (hint: it’s the carpet) and how it forced me to change a key fight scene in the middle of my novel. another idea that I would like to try once I publish the book would be author commentaries. Recorded and distributed for free through iTunes (so you could listen while you read), author commentaries would be a neat idea that could work on a digital platform like the iPad. Another project that I would like to work on would be a wiki for the world of evermore. It would contain character biographies, object descriptions and plot synopses from the novel. I will hold off on that until the text is finalized for production.

So I hope that this post gives you a better idea of what I’m up to and how the novel is progressing. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment.

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