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Cithera is begging to know what is going on. She hasn't been given the opportunity to say anything yet, but she is very nervous about what Angeni and Leonard are saying and implying when it comes to the PLS. I have not given her a chance because the actions of the PLS are still somewhat vague in my mind.

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Awwww. You need to sit down and think it through. It's not fair to let Cithera fret like that.

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So my word count is down. That is okay since the time I can spend on a new story is cut in half while I edit the first book.

Yes, the count looks pathetic when compared to some, but I am growing the story a little bit every day. Plus, you wouldn't believe the things that pop into my head that I don't put down in the story. I get this feeling my characters are teasing me at times which is odd.

I wonder if the number of words I write will rise when I finish my "first edit" and give the first novel to my beta readers?

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Exactly, you are growing your story every day, and that is more than many people can say. It is actually a rather awesome thing to watch.

And I totally believe you with your characters. It happens to me. They can be quite loud. emoticon

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I am thinking about the world of the 28th century and fleshing out the results of the 25th century "Identity Wars" which began with a border battle between India and China.

The war began as a minor conflict, but quickly spread into a global 12-year conflict! emoticon

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That's a bad war.... worse than WWII. emoticon emoticon

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My fight scene took over 400 words for an eight-second fight (give or take a couple). I had to create a storyboard to get the parts in place, and that cost me the better part of three days! Thank goodness the fight was essential to advancing the story. I don't know if it writing fight scenes gets more comfortable but I am placing them on my "only if required" list.

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Yes. Fight scenes will get easier with practice.

I tend to watch them in slow motion in my mind, and then write them out. And sometimes, my characters take over when writing them, and it all sorts itself almost magically.

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Before writing anything today, I made my goal for January 1, 2018, of finishing my first round edit of my January 2016 post. It took two months to edit three months of writing. Whew!

At this rate, I am aiming to finish the 1st round edits by my B-Day in April. Wish me luck. emoticon

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Good luck!

You can do it. And there will be less to edit, because you got better with your writing.

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I had trouble getting into "editing mode" this morning. I did it, but I didn't feel as though the changes significantly improved the readability of the story. I did make a few minor changes. I added new features in one spot and removed a scene killing detail leaving it to the reader's imagination.

My concern is my mood as I was making the edits. Am I doing my best when I edit just because "editing" is on my schedule? Maybe I need to change things up and flip the editing and writing time based on how I feel when looking at the stories.

I have to be careful if I do a flip on the schedule not to neglect whichever thing it is that I flip. Does that make sense?

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I've been thinking about this...

For one, you're an editing nooby, as well as a "young" writer. emoticon That means editing requires a lot of focus and thought from you. It will get easier once you get more practice as a writer - your drafts will get much better and require less intervention.

*hugs* For now, edit when you're on top of things and feeling focused. Because you really want to make that editing easy on yourself.

Still, it WILL get easier, believe me. emoticon

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Fifteen months ago I was feeling overwhelmed and needed something to change things. I knew the place I was in wasn't healthy. I cut back on Runboard and TRD activities but my "replacement activities" were worse. I was on a downward spiral.

What I needed was an activity that built on what I already knew and which I could see as helping or entertaining others.

Writing has proven to be that activity for me. Learning the craft and creating time slots for doing it is a challenge but I excel at meeting challenges.

I have a long way to go yet but I am getting closer to regaining my balance. I love working on my books and I am starting to look for ways to do more on Runboard and TRD. Life is looking good again.

(end of personal musings, onward to my morning editing). emoticon

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I'm so glad that writing has become that activity bringing you back to a balanced life. The best thing is that writing will stay with you forever. Once that bug has bit you, there's no going back.

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