TMHSWP: Practicing Writing

The first big day of getting back in the revision groove for the String Weavers is a success! This despite having to go back into book 4 and 1 to verify several details. It also resulted in several hundred new words in book 4 when I realized that I hadn’t fully explained a couple points. Slowly but surely that book is inching up towards 94K!

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Book 5 has been a fun one as I’ve been able to return to a group of creatures called the Eebra-Shee. If anyone here has read the “Children of Jad” novelettes, the name will be familiar to you. In this String Weaver book, and in later ones, what the Eebra-Shee are all about becomes clear. They are a hardy and talented group, and it’s great to visit them again. I’m sure they will show up in other stories one day, too.

I thought this book was a little skimpy on description, but in today’s revision session, I’ve found the opposite. I did rather well in the first draft! Further proof that my first drafts are getting better and better the more I ‘practice’ writing. I doubt I’ll ever write pristine first drafts, but it’s nice to see that needed revision time is dropping with most projects as I gain more writing experience.

I used “practice” and “writing experience” on purpose. I of the belief that the writing craft is something that is practiced through new words and time spent actually doing it. And that the more one does it, the more one typically becomes better at it. Just like playing a musical instrument or in a sport.

The “practice” aspect is something I’m a little worried about right now. Revision is not writing new words. Not by a long shot. It’s a much more critical endeavor (even though I believe I’m doing well in being able to approach revision from a primarily creative-brain). I haven’t written new words on a new story since before April first. I don’t want to lose the progress I’ve made.

Hence taking July and using it to pound out new words. Three rough draft outlines are slowly getting whipped into shape.

So, while I revise, I’m starting to get excited at the prospect of writing new words. It’s pushing me to keeping the revision deadline on this book of June 30th.

Onwards and upwards!

“The String Weavers” Book 5

Yesterday’s Revision Session: 12,671
Total for Novel (Out of 95k): 15,303

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