I’m excited to announce that my story is officially in editing! Well, it would be except, you know, life and all. I have done some editing, honest. I have the pieces of paper with pencil markings all over it and everything.
Being a little more serious (me?) I learned a lot about editing when tackling The Pink Salamander. Sure it’s hard writing a story but I tell you what, editing requires a completely different mindset. For a start you need the story needs to make sense. While I have only tackled the Prologue (I’m editing chapter by chapter simply because any other method would be too much), I’ve spotted a few plot holes and things that could be improved.
In my haste to listen to my muse and get the story down I got caught up in flow. It felt good at the time (don’t get me wrong, you need this as a writer!) but it left a glaring error which entailed a fairly large re-write to remove it. With that out of the way I concentrated on other aspects and am pretty pleased with the results, so far.
As a treat I thought I’d give you a sneak peek of the first character. Before joining Unit 16 (working title, by the way, needs imporving if you ask me) Mark Ladensfield was living life through a bottle. Mark had lost his job and his wife had left him. To console himself, Mark routinely went to his local pub where he proceeded to drink himself stupid.
During one of these sessions a man known only as Colin challenged Mark to a contest. In one week’s time Mark was to compete against Colin in three disciplines; observation, agility and solving three dimensional puzzles while blindfold. With nothing to lose, Mark accepted.
He sobered up in time and completed two out of three challenges faster than Colin. It was then that Colin revealed that Mark had taken an aptitude test for a secret organisation and offered him a position.
And that, folks, is where I’m going to leave the sneak-peek. Goodbye for now.
Oh one other thing, I recently posted a link to a great TED talk about Procrastination on my Facebook page. You should go over and check it out. It’s both hilarious and thought provoking.