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Yes, that feels like running in place, but the story is still getting better!

This is proof you're growing as author, getting better in handling scenes. Well done!

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Yes, that feels like running in place, but the story is still getting better!

This is proof you're growing as author, getting better in handling scenes. Well done!

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And also as a reminder to me that I am not there yet. I have a lot to do and learn before I get to true author status. emoticon



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Cool error finder ...

While getting setup for my stories first Shuttle Landers flight I discovered my previous weight estimates didn't work so I spent some time coming up with a system that would be consistent when dealing with spaceships. Then I had to edit my November post and the Story bible to reflect the systems findings instead of my guesses.

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Very much the fate of an SF author, I'm afraid.

Of course, in other genres, you might discover something new about your characters or dragons, and have to go back and change it all. (I changed the description of Debesh in all my books, to fit the character on the cover.)

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Ongoing event!

I write in the morning then at night I am going to be editing. I finished the November post editing and am working on the December post now.

My plan is to have the first round editing done within a day or so after my story is complete. Then I have to find a way to make it available to first readers for comment and markup.

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Very interesting! If that process works for you, perfect!

What I would suggest for your beta readers is using Jutoh to create a quick, dirty (and personal) ebook copy of your story. You can compile either .mobi or .epub format through it very easily, and your beta-readers can read the story on whichever device they want.

Personal because then you know who gets which one (and in worst case can track piracy).

 If you want markup, you might be stuck with doc files, but do teach your readers to use "track changes", which gives you an awesome way to see their suggestions.

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WoW! I finished the December posts first round editing today. I was shocked to find over 130 stylistic errors in that month's post. It gave me cause to wonder just how bad the world of writing is when I also received an e-mail that said I was more accurate in my writing style than 97% of the Grammarly subscribers!!!!!!

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Woah! That sounds like a lot of people use Grammarly who are not very secure in their grammar...

Great progress!

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The January post showed 87 stylistic errors, but two of them were a part of a character diatribe where the character repeats himself multiple times. So in my way of thinking that is one of those "exceptions that make the rule."

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Yes, that totally works in dialogue.

The trick with rules is to know when to break them. emoticon

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The February post was awful! The post had 187 style errors in it, and it seemed as though every time I fixed one mistake another one popped up to take its place. I did manage to get it all done but wow! What a massive pain in the ___. emoticon

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But you got it done! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Storytelling focuser! My evening sessions with the editor program are compelling me to rework the problem areas it detects. To do the job correctly requires me to see what I wrote the first time to make the right kind of corrections to the text.

This correction process is a good thing, but I cannot believe some of the simple mistakes I made when I first put the words down.

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*hugs*

This is normal. You're getting evidence for the learning curve. And you're getting better.

It's all good. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Complicated business! emoticon

I broke my pattern to finish my grammar and style edits to the TABA March post. After I finished doing that I got curious and did a word count on the first edit draft. The results indicate that I am actually increasing the stories size during this phase of the writing process (+451 words at present).

Who knows what will happen once the first draft gets into the hands of "first readers?" emoticon

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I got curious and looked at my April and May postings. They needed a total of four corrections between the two of them. That means my first round grammar and style edits are complete (up to today).
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And you went from dozen of corrections to only four. That's pretty awesome.

My beta readers tend to point out typos and ambiguous phrases. Only one told me to put more war into "Kraken War" which resulted in several changed scenes (and a much higher casualty rate). That was the most helpful comment so far.

It helps to be very clear in what you ask your beta readers to look for. Most will hunt for typos, but checking story plot and plausability is less natural, and they need to be told.

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I was somewhat shocked at the improvement I made between February (over 100 mistakes) to April (4 errors). I thought I had pulled in the wrong post for checking so I did it again just to be sure! emoticon

Round two editing will be much more difficult because of its subjective dealing with the pacing and focus of events.

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 emoticon Well done!

I'm proofreading the print version of Betrayal, and made six changes so far, four of them for typos. *sigh* They also didn't quite like the cover... they claim they fixed the problem. I hope so.

But this means I'll upload a new interior file later today (still have to do 40+ pages, it is exhausting work), and I'll also upload a new ebook file, as I'm fixing the same things in Jutoh, as well.

Maybe it is a good thing I only have two sales so far. emoticon

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Ambush? I did have to edit my story bible this morning almost as soon as I started writing. Samantha is becoming obsessed with her dream about the Lake Vert Melange and brings up one of her ideas to another crew member who shoots down the idea. While doing so two places are mentioned by name so of course, I had to stop writing and put entries for those spots in the bible.

Now to see if I can get back on track in the story before going to work...

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Good luck!

I feel sorry for Samantha. emoticon

I found half a dozen typos on 250 pages. The fixed version is already live on Amazon, the file on CS is in review again. Once it comes out of review, I can upload the new cover (because CS complained about that, but told me they "fixed"it), but that means it'll go back into review for another 24h. I hate this kind of delay with them.

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Samantha is a fighter; she doesn't give up easily. emoticon

I took time this morning to do an edit to my "story bible." I decided that with all of the additions I was making to the "story bible" I should also check to make sure I had the grammar correct. emoticon

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 emoticon And?

I reconnected with local authors at a convention (UniCon). And I spent a nice afternoon chatting with my neighbors.

So I successfully procrastinated about creating my cover... my own deadline is tonight. And I really don't know how I will ever manage to tweak a pic that's too small into 300dpi and looking good.

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Shock! I discovered I had completely missed adding two items and a minor character to my story bible while setting up the landing scene for Robusta!

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Easy to fix, isn't it? emoticon

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Orbital mechanics forced me to change a few numbers and gave me a few surprises yesterday. For example, I found out my rescue craft had to be at just under 94 kilometers from the surface to be in geosynchronous orbit. That means they need 5.25 minutes to land on the surface. A car traveling at 90 km/h could make the jump required in my story but will need almost 84 meters to stop! The tiny plateau my fearless hero is aiming for is only 90 meters wide so that is exciting and just a tad scary.

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Your hero is fearless and also a bit of an acrobat, it seems!

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Your hero is fearless and also a bit of an acrobat, it seems!

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 emoticon He is 22 years old in a society where the average life expectancy is close to 150. He cannot even imagine dying or getting hurt. That happens to other people.

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That makes sense. Also 22 is an age where the brain isn't yet fully functional and calculating consequences before acting is difficult.

I take it there haven't been any deaths or grave injuries on your space ship so far?

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That makes sense. Also 22 is an age where the brain isn't yet fully functional and calculating consequences before acting is difficult.

I take it there haven't been any deaths or grave injuries on your space ship so far?



Actually, there have been over 250 deaths and almost a thousand serious injuries. There are also 271 people on the ship that stand a better than even chance of dying if they try and return home because the ship was never designed for interstellar travel.

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