Yay, I just finished revising my short story for the secret project! And by revising, I mean almost total rewrite. Seriously, whole huge sections where I just opened a fresh doc and started writing, not bothering to reference the old text. One of those was 4028 words of rewrite. To put that in context, the whole story is now just 7,087 words, so more than half on that one. 🙂
At least it’s done now. I’m not going to look at it until tomorrow. I’ll do a reread, no comments or edits unless it’s for grammar or spelling and see what I think. After that, I’ll probably ask a couple of people to read it and comment.
Going through this edit has been easier than the last one I did, or the tail end of writing Unmasked, I have to say. And I think I know why. I made the right decision to switch and go back to my original plan to write Spire of Time before working on Masques. I’ve felt happier and more at ease with writing and editing since early January. And, best test of my theory, the ideas have been flowing better. I’ve been having some fairly good ones with Spire and rewrote the first bit of my outline to match something I realized. I’m still a bit scared, but I’m also looking forward to this one too.
I guess this might be a good time to share the name of the first book in the Spire of Time trilogy. It’s tentatively titled What Lies Beneath. As with Necromantic and Masques, I’ve got the title for each book already. It’s kind of exciting have that in a way, sort of like having something to hang the story on as I feel it out.
I’m slowly building the outline for WLB, shaping it and letting the complexities come out as they need to. There’s a fairly major subplot forming up in this one, unusual for me but it explains a number of things in the primary plot. I view this as a good thing because subplots should always tie back into the main plot. One should be part of the other, or else why is it there? I’m learning about my secondary characters as well. It’s getting interesting, yet I’m also trying to avoid this getting excessively complicated. The worse that gets, the more likely I am to lose track of threads as I’m writing even the outline. I really don’t want to go through that.
In the meantime, I have a bit of a backlog of my work that needs editing, plus two separate pieces I owe comments on. I have a plan of attack for the last part at least, and a quasi-plan for my own editing. Despite how much I want to write them, the stuff I have outlined already is definitely staying on hold until I’ve gotten some of this editing cleared away (temporarily, because it’s never permanent until you publish). As I said to a friend today, I’m using the stuff I want to write as a carrot, though in truth, I enjoy editing most of the time, so that’s rarely necessary. Mostly I just feel like I have a ton of work to do, but that’s perpetual really, and I prefer it to boredom.
One thing at a time, right? But it’s nice to feel good about things again, instead of frantic and confused, like something was wrong that I couldn’t put my finger on. This is much better.