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19 June 2006 @ 06:51 pm
well, that's...better.  
That didn't work exactly how I hoped it would. Reading the first 6.5 chapters (which is as much as I had written) determined that the first three were really incredibly bad. Not all of them, but big chunks. So I cut out the big chunks, which proved to be...oh, I don't know. More than a chapter. Probably about a chapter and a half. 20 or more pages out of like 40 or 45. (Oi.) And rearranged and rewrote and ended up about 1300 words short of where I'd been this morning, but with a much, much better opening to the book. I'll deal with the next forty pages tomorrow; hopefully I'll be able to just do a few line edits and then charge forth. Boy. That was pretty bad. I'm glad I printed it out so I could fix it. (See? I *can* be taught!)

I have not, however, accomplished anything else. This is the problem with writing: when I'm writing, it supercedes all else and I don't feel like anything else is important enough to bother with. I need to work on that.

But hey, at least the opening to the book is revised. :)

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R. Scott Shanks, Jr.mnarra on June 19th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
when I'm writing, it supercedes all else and I don't feel like anything else is important enough to bother with. I need to work on that.

Don't. I'm working the complementary problem, and it's a less useful place to be. At least from your side, you get things written. :)

On an unrelated subject, Shannon claims you to be evil for writing well enough to keep her up until 2AM on a school night, with Thunderbird Falls.
kitmizkit on June 19th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
At least from your side, you get things written.

Deadlines are inspiring. :)

Shannon claims you to be evil for writing well enough to keep her up until 2AM on a school night, with Thunderbird Falls.

Rock *on*. :)
The Angel of Vengeanceesmerel on June 19th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
I hear editting is easier with a printout =)









i hide now
Brianlogrusboy on June 19th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
See, now that you're a Famous Bestselling Author, you will be expected to maintain a superior standard of quality and junk. Good to know you're already with the program. :)

Plus if it slows you down, that leaves some room on the bookshelves for all the other writers. Of course that's just an expression, I rarely see your books actually on the shelves--they're usually displayed on the ends of rows or on fancy tables on the main sales floor with the other featured authors.
kit: writingmizkit on June 20th, 2006 07:30 am (UTC)
I rarely see your books actually on the shelves--they're usually displayed on the ends of rows or on fancy tables on the main sales floor with the other featured authors.

That totally made my morning. :)
Brianlogrusboy on June 20th, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
Drat! Now I've let slip that I'm more than just an annoying little pest!

Seriously though. I've been watching for Murphy and Dermody books since before the "cabal" incident. I've made multiple visits to four different bookstores (3 chains, 1 indie). I live in a reasonably large market (Los Angeles). The largest number of copies of your books I've seen on the "common" shelves is 2. Everything else--when I've been able to find it--has been at the ends of rows or on the tables.

Apparently you're reasonably well-regarded. :)