Sunday, February 01, 2009

Working, Just Not Posting Much

Sorry to post so little these days, but I'm terribly busy and somewhat distracted, so the time I have available I am spending on my writing and editing rather than blogging.

I can mention by way of updates the following:
  • I printed out the JASPER novel in its entirety for the first time and am editing it from hard copy, promising myself not to make changes to the electronic document until after I have finished this hard copy step, which includes not only making changes to the printout but also rewriting (by hand) some pages, sections, or chapters as needed;

  • I have begun another story, which I'll call INTERIM for now, since it's appearing as an interlude between the editing of JASPER and resuming the writing of CHASM (the new story is another fantasy novel for younger readers, a way for me to work on the process through a shorter and simpler novel format before getting back to longer and more complicated stories);

  • I am holding off on CHASM temporarily but am keeping it in mind -- I want to make more headway first with JASPER because I know once I return to the writing of CHASM it will be a very involved and sustained effort.
Wow, that's a lot of sharing for what was supposed to be a 3-sentence posting! I'll post more as I have time, but the focus is on the work right now, not blogging about the work.

Wishing everyone else progress with their projects,



Debra Young said...

Was wondering what you were up to! I'm busy with "A Lamentation of Swans" but unlike your far more efficient method, I keep getting caught in the sandtraps of plot every time I do a batch of changes.

Adrian Swift said...

Hi, Debra! Nice hearing from you!

Yes, as we both know only too well, plotting can be a fickle, tentative business at times. I've worked on JASPER for over a year now, and done a lot of editing electronically, so for me the print-it-out phase has been long in coming and is very welcome. I'm tired of seeing the same words on the screen -- I need to see them in a new format, and printing it out let's me do that.

I'm still working off the revised plot notes where I filled in those final plot holes, etc., and am sticking to it. There really is clarity as things come together ... finally!

Keep up the good work. I still hope you'll find a way to work some actual swans into your novel! :-)


Wynn Bexton said...

Hi Adrian, well it sounds like you are making progress. At least you have Jasper completed. I miss visiting the blogs more frequently but I'm trying to focus on writing and of course I am so very busy with classes right now. But soon I will be a more regular blogger/visitor.

Debra Young said...

Hey! It's taken me a while to get around to checking back to read your comment--but maybe a swan of some sort might make an appearance--y'know, a fly-by. d:)