What I Wrote…
In the thick of writing the first draft Red Herring. And really enjoying it so far.
What I Read…
Got started with The Beam Season One. It’s enjoyable but dense. Can’t speed through this one the way I normally do.
My notes from the week:
Monday – Spent four hours cleaning up Chapter 4 of Red Herring. It was all one scene, but it was a meaty one. Lots of things that are important to the story, later on, are established in it. It weighted it at almost four thousand words when I was finished with it. Then I did a final polish on Black Swan Chapter 9 and made some further edits to Chapter 6.
Tuesday – Got all the way through Chapter 13 and sound checked (that’s when I have my program read the text back to me so that I can hear how everything sounds … I highlight any words or phrases or even whole sentences and paragraphs that don’t sound right to my ear, then I sleep on it and fix them the next day) Chapter 11. I’m on a roll. I think the fact that it was so deathly hot in NY last week was what messed with my productivity. It’s cooler this week soI’mm getting more done.
Wednesday – Did some more work on Chapter 13 and started to list and organize my edits for chapter 14. One more chapter! The end is near.
Thursday – Changed some more things in Chapters 13 and 14. Getting there.
Friday – Sent chapters 6 through 10 out to beta readers (I don’t send them all at once). I’m already getting some good reactions so that helps as I chip away at 11 through 15. Polished up Chapters 12 and 13. Going to tackle 14 and 15 over the weekend. We’ll see how that goes since my plans to work over the weekend never seem to materialize. But I really want to get these chapters off to my editor by Monday evening so I’m free to work on brainstorming Red Herring.