Now With An Editor

Book 3, Rival Institutes, of The Modest Proposal Institute is now with an editor.


By which I mean, I’m ecstatic that it’s no longer with me and therefore, for about 2 – 3 weeks, I can think of something else. Like the title, which I’ve now done (I think), and the cover, which is being developed even as I write this, and the blurb (ugh), which I have yet to start. I think a really strong cup of tea may help with that.

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Almost Done!

Today I will finish the as yet untitled book 3 of The Modest Proposal Institute and send it to the editor. Today I will finish…

If I say it often enough, it will happen — I think, I hope.

For this author, all books are a struggle. I’m definitely a better reader of books than a writer of them. By the time I’ve gotten the book into something that looks and reads like a book, I’ve lost the plot entirely, if you know what I mean. By the time it’s done, I can’t remember why I even thought this was a story worth telling. I’m assured all book writers feel this way and maybe they do, I just know I feel it worse:-) Anyhow, today I will finish… ┬áMaybe I need a nice cup of tea.

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I don’t like editing! I write for months, adding a thousand words per day to my ‘masterpiece’ and then edit for weeks, removing a thousand words per day from my first draft, which it turns out isn’t a masterpiece. I’m lucky if, at the end of the process, I have any words left to tell the story.

Anyhow, The Modest Proposal Institute, book 3, still without a title is fast taking shape, though what shape it will be in when it’s finished I can’t tell at this moment. If any of you want to read book 2, No More Empires, however, you can find it here.

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Back From Vacation (Sadly)

There’s a feeling of letdown when you finish a vacation, even when you don’t have to go back to work. And even when you’ve been thinking it was time to end the vacation and get back home!

I did work on Book 3 of The Modest Proposal Institute when I was vacationing so progress wasn’t entirely slowed. And I have a date for it to go to the editor, which is always scary. Scary because I’m never happy with the book as it is when it goes out. I find books are best left just for the author, me, to read. That way I can change them every time a new idea pops into my head.

However, the having a date scheduled with an editor does concentrate the mind and place some necessary decision-making on the author. Ideas from this point on have to be saved for Books 4 and 5. All this is a long-winded way of saying, I have to get back to writing — right now!

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Author On Vacation

One of the difficulties of travel, the kind we prefer anyhow, is not always having an Internet connection. This week, I have.

On my last post, I said I was closing in on done for book 3 of The Modest Proposal Institute. Well, I’m still doing that. I have way more words then I need (as usual, at this stage) and I’m still figuring out the best way of telling the story.

This is always the hardest part for me, how to describe the events in such a way as to make them dramatic. It’s easier said than done and for me anyhow it requires lots of re-writing and then cutting. I particularly dislike cutting out words I’ve slaved over only a week or so before. Still, the end is in sight. I can see it. And so will you soon:-)

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Closing In On ‘Done’

I’m late again on my schedule of a Saturday post here. I like to think it’s because I’m working hard on Book 3 of The Modest Proposal Institute and not because I’m becoming forgetful. It’s too soon for Old Timer’s Disease.

I am working to finish the book and get it to an editor and I’m closing in on my word count. Unfortunately, with me, that doesn’t mean the story is done; it just means I’ve written a lot of words:-)

The next stage is clipping away the undergrowth so the story can be seen. It’s like our garden really — we let everything grow until nothing can be seen because we don’t have the heart to choose which are flowers and which are weeds. Next week will see some serious word pruning and then it’ll be perfect — I hope!

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The Writing Life

I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a fast writer, by which I mean I procrastinate a lot. I saw a meme somewhere that showed the life of a writer as 75% surfing the web, 20% doing anything else but writing, and 5% writing. I ‘liked’ that meme because that’s exactly me as a writer.

Knowing that, you’d think I would find it easy to smarten up. It isn’t. If I was locked in an Internet-free room with nothing but the tools of writing, I’d dream for 95% of the time and write for 5%. And I wouldn’t be dreaming of the story! How do I know this? Last night (and other nights lately) I lay awake for long periods of time just ‘day dreaming’. But could I force those night time ‘daydreams’ into a focused story that would complete book 3 of The Modest Proposal Institute? No I could not. I woke this morning with a general sense that I should finish the book as quickly as possible, which is where I was when I went to bed and the reason I lay awake ‘daydreaming’. ┬áToday, however, will be the start of a new regime — possibly.

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Back to Work

I’ve been away with limited Internet access. I hope you noticed:-)

I was, however, able to work on Book 3 of The Modest Proposal Institute so it is progressing — though more slowly than I would like. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a fast writer.

Part of the reason it’s moving slowly is the story is getting harder to tell because the stage has moved out to the wider world. We’re no longer confined to a small island or small plots of land around spaceports. There are more characters too. In particular, now that girls and young women have been brought into the Institute, their story needs to be told as well.

In fact, I’m not sure my original plan of five books is going to be enough. We’ll see how it all develops.

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