On using (and abusing) the rewrite process's "things to do" list.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017/08/08 08:00
Writing wonkery ahead.
Over the weekend I finished putting together the scene map for Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, and slotted into it the "things to do" collected from the notes I'd kept during the first draft process. Some details follow for those not in the know.
On finding my way through the second draft of a story.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017/08/02 08:00
Time to lift the hood on my work habits a little. The second draft process for one of my books -- Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned in particular, which is the one I'm currently rewriting -- works something like this.
Some more detailed thoughts on having finished Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017/07/03 21:00
Some more detailed thoughts on having finished Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned.
Finishing the first draft of any book is always a weird experience. You're elated that you got it done; you're exhausted from the work required; you're full of both apprehension and anticipation at having to go back and face your own words again.
I finished Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned draft 1 last evening....By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017/07/03 13:00
I finished Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned draft 1 last evening.
On my first attempt at writing a character of nonbinary gender.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017/05/29 08:00
So far Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, my current novel-in-progress, has become a personal first in several ways. Item: it's one of the first projects I can think of where I started by way of changing horses, so to speak; I ditched out on a project that was already most of the way towards getting in motion to work on this one. (No regrets.) Item: the book features a character of nonbinary gender -- and one that's explicitly identified as such, not someone that could be that if the reader squints and holds the book at a certain angle.
The closer I get to the end of my new novel, the slower it is to write.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017/05/22 08:00
SF fans and science nerds generally ought to be familiar with the concept of time dilation, where the closer you get to the speed of light the more time slows down for you subjectively. You emerge from your space capsule after a few months to discover decades have gone by on Earth, and Nirvana and Faith No More are now on "classic rock" stations. The hell.
I'm noticing a similar time-dilation phenomenon with my novel manuscripts. No, not the inexplicable presence of Faith No More (that said, Angel Dust is a MASSIVELY underappreciated disc; everyone was just pissed because they didn't get another "Epic" and Mike Patton turned out to be sublimely weirder than anyone could have guessed). More like, the closer I get to the end of the book, the longer it seems to take to produce anything. I must be within 10,000-15,000 words of the end of Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, if even that much, and it feels like a single sentence takes me about three weeks of typing.
Peek at my latest novel, and find out what's happening with my next one.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017/03/16 08:00
Sorry about the silence -- been submerged in things. Here's what's rolling:
In case you missed it, the first few chapters -- more on the way! -- of my last novel, can be sneak-previewed at Inkshares.
When a young woman joins an underground street-theater movement with plans to change the world, her boyfriend follows her in to "rescue" her ... only to find it may cost both of them their personalities, and maybe also their lives.
ACTION ITEM FOR YOU, AND YES I DO MEAN YOU:
If you like what you see, if you're already a fan of my work please register for an account there, follow me (and follow the book itself). This is vital, because it shows that there's interest in the work.
If I get enough people showing interest, the book will automatically be bumped up to the point where it will be considered for publication by the Inkshares team.
My plan is to post most, or maybe even all, of Part One, and see if that elicits any interest. If I get to halfway through the year and there are no takers, I will drop back to Plan B and go through Kindle and CreateSpace. I'd rather see if Inkshares can help me accrue momentum first.
Once again, if you like my work, please show your support there to get this ball rolling.
The latest novel from the Genjiworks is about two-thirds done, perhaps a little more, in its first draft. Don't expect to see anything with this until at least next year -- the second and third drafts are likely to introduce a great many changes. The way I explained it to a friend involves language that deserves its own blog post: Don't think of it as rewriting; think of it as creating an entirely new project using the earlier draft as raw material.
A great many of the most difficult questions I had about this story were things I could only resolve by encountering them on the level of individual scenes, or even individual lines of dialogue. They weren't things I could resolve by planning ahead, because those plans were predicated on assumptions I had to eventually discard. In other words: it'll be difficult work to rewrite this, but it'll be absolutely vital. This is the kind of story that can't be properly assembled in even a couple of drafts.
I ought to resume semi-regular blogging in a day or two. See you then.
Science fiction, rebooted.
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