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J. J. Brown, Wordslinger

"I Sling Words As I Go Along."

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So, I’ve been working on my Novel in Progress…..

…….going over notes from my editor covering the first eight chapters. After six hours of taking out, adding to, and much re-arranging of words, I’m now five pages away from finishing the original notes. Then, I’ll go on to the edits covering Chapters 9 through 16. There’s also a pass-through of the first eight chapters, mostly a tweak here, a question there, and I’ll get to those at some point.

As soon as I’m done working on Chapters 9 through 16, however, I’m going back into the thick of it and write on. There are some elements that I want to add in for some of the secondary characters and a new skill for the Narrator. Bits that need to be established early on in the story also have to be done (continuity is the thing, here), as well as adding detail to the world I’ve created.

Maybe now I can figure out how it ends.

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So, I’ve been working on my Novel in Progress……

…….and have gone through about seventy pages of the original notes given to me by my editor. I’ve got about twenty pages left on these edits (going through Chapter 8). Then I’ll be tackling the new notes, which picks up with Chapter 9 and goes through Chapter 15.

I think I’m making some headway here, and the notes have been challenging me to re-think certain scenes. I’ve been changing the tone from passive to active as best I can and adding detail where needed to give characters more depth.

There’s a lot of work still to be done.  But I’m okay with that. I’m re-discovering this world I wrote and I’m sinking back into it. I like it. I’m sorry I stayed away from it, after having what might be termed as creative shut-down. It hasn’t been as difficult to work on as I thought it would be, and I suppose my resistance to it made things worse.

I intend to finish this novel this year. No more putting it off, no more avoiding it. Time to knuckle down and focus on it.

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