3/2020 Writing update

Another month has passed. Despite the ever-growing mess with COVID and full lockdown, I have managed to get some writing done.

As I said in the update a month ago, I have the first reader for the early draft of book two, and I’ve been editing on the go as much as my time allowed. This meant mostly on Sunday bursts.

February ended with me having edited up to chapter 15-ish, now I am somewhere around chapter 30. There’s one chapter I skipped, as I’ll need to figure out what to do with it, and some I adjusted more. I also had some technical issues, so chapters 31-35 aren’t edited yet, though I have notes stored for when I get to it.

What is interesting to see for me is the reaction to different parts of the story: some of them are quite old and almost unedited, because the edits during drafting book one haven’t had a direct impact on them – but they suffer from lack of experience I had back in 2018 when I wrote the first draft of book two.

The newer scenes, often edited because of the changes made in the first book, are in better shape, though there are still the typical early draft issues – dialogue structure, lack of detail and emotional expressions, head-hopping, and so on.

I am also wrapping up the preparation for book 1 in paperback – I had my cover adjusted, but Amazon decided the size is wrong, so it’ll take another size edit, and then I should, hopefully, be set up for having a dead-tree-edition of my book available during April.

So, that’s the quick monthly update. I hope you’re doing well, and I’ll see you soon.

As usual, feel free to comment or ask questions.

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