Not much to say. Not much written

Howdy Folks.

I’m back again to report on the previous week.

So what did I do? Well a few things, but they aren’t really related to writing. So I’m not really tempted to discuss them here. As far as I can tell my life isn’t very interesting, so I’ll spare you the tiny details of my day-to-day.

That all being said I did spend several hours discussing the plot of this book that we are writing. I think it keeps getting better every time we get together and talk. But as it is I didn’t get much time to¬† work on the first draft. Sleep has been hard to get, so when I do finally drag myself out of bed I simply don’t have the time, nor the energy to devote to writing. I don’t want to just type away without inspiration, or if I feel I’ll hate doing it that day.

Of course this isn’t the best way to get a book written. You should work everyday, and get something done, but it is difficult when you wake up in a zombie like state. Lurching from one room to another, searching for coffee or food as the need arises. Not even recalling what you last wrote. But perhaps I’ll try harder this week.

I know the other author is doing other things. I could tell you what they are, but that’d be spoilers.

But as a message to those of you that know my interests, watch JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Unless you are a completionist skip the first arc, Phantom Blood. I promise you that you’ll have a good time.

I’ll talk to you next week, have a good one.

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 62% of first draft complete.

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Working with Someone you trust

Greetings Friends.

Another week has passed, as you probably are aware. Again here is my update.

I did a fair amount of editing, which again didn’t leave much time for writing. Luckily I’ve completely caught up with where the co-author had gotten to, and even was able to add a bit more to the story. They have a good notion of where they’re going with this particular scene, so I didn’t add too much.

We’ve talked about what we want here, but they have such a clear picture it makes it hard for me to add too much, but I’m doing my best. From the last bits that I added they did a fair amount of work letting it stand, but adding pieces I hadn’t thought to do.

The more we do this the easier it is for me to write. I have confidence in them being able to still write what they want, and having them change what I put down. It’s nice to have someone who I can trust to work with. I know they’ll make anything I write better, and I feel I can do the same for them.

As for editing, I’ve done a fair amount. I can’t say I’ve completely gotten caught up to where we are, but I’ve done a large portion. I didn’t have to change too much so far, so that’s good. Apparently we’re decent at avoiding certain things that trigger the program I’m running, so I guess that’s good. I don’t have complete confidence in it, but it has caught a few things as I go through. The only issue I have with it, if it’s even a problem, is that I have to be looking at where it’s editing. Meaning I can just have it run through the book on its own, and have it then highlight any issues. I have to manually scroll while I read to double-check things. Not really a problem for me, as that’s what I do anyway when I’m editing, though I do like to run grammar and spell checks a few times before I get down to reading. Just makes it a bit easier on me.

Anyway, I guess that’s about it. I’m not living some crazy exciting lifestyle, so I’ll catch you all next week. Have a good one.

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 61% of first draft complete.

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Edits before adding more

Howdy folks. It’s been another week, and this is what I’ve been up to.

So like I was speaking about last week I’ve been searching around for more editing tools. Several were free, and I tested out a couple. But this means I was doing things that weren’t directly writing.

So now we are a little more than halfway through the first draft I decided I’d do a bit of editing, and that’s what I’ve been up to. Of course this means the draft is shrinking as excess words are either struck or replaced with less complex language.

Also I finally caught up with the other section of this narrative that the co-author had been working on. They left a few things for me to fill in, and I did, but I had to read through again what they had written so I might begin where they left off.

This all leads to a slow down in the word count. However it does mean that I’m ready to add on to where they stopped. They had written something like 20 pages worth of material, so that took some time to get through, especially as I’m editing as I go.

I’ve gotten in the habit of editing and re-reading when I’m a fair way into a draft. I think it helps me get a perspective of where I am, and I can make changes easier earlier in a story than I can when it’s all written out.

There wasn’t too much to change so far, just a few over used words, and a bit of grammatical errors. Descriptions and character inventories seemed to have made it through correctly for the most part, and I don’t feel inclined to change those until I can get together with the co-author and discuss anything that might need altering.

That all being said, the draft did get some more words written, though less than previous weeks. Editing does take time, but I think it’s time well spent if the final product is better.

I’ll see you next week. Have a good one.

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 58% of first draft complete.

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Looking around for fun

Hello again friends. I’m back from a week of writing.

This last week went by quickly, as it usually seems to do. I wasn’t able to write nearly as much as I wanted, but I did quite a bit of editing.

I decided to take the opportunity of the halfway point to go back through what was already put to page. This is something I started to do around the second of my books, but really got into when I was working on my third. It really helps to see where everything started, even if I’m fairly sure I recall it all.

I wasn’t surprised by anything we wrote, but I did enjoy reading some of the scenes we had written. That and I was able to at least get a few errors cleared up, and got the spelling right for a few words that aren’t in the word-processing dictionary.

I also looked at a few programs such as Auto-Crit and Hemingway. Supposedly they are able to go through your story and help you clarify or write better. I haven’t used them, I just found it interesting. Currently I used Libre Office only, and a couple of webpages for my thesaurus. Of course if I need further information I get lost down the rabbit hole that is the internet, and learn a bit too much about things that aren’t necessarily important to the story. But I think in the long run it’s better to know more than less.

This of course means I also looked at other word-processors. Some tout that they can minimize distraction, and close everything so all you see is the text, but I’m not sure I could work that way. I have several programs open at once besides Libre Office. Multiple tabs in my web-browser when I want to look up something I’m not completely sure of, and of course I must have my playlist of music playing in the back ground.

So I suppose I’ll be one of those authors that will always stick with the program they started writing in when I get older. Not that I’d be bothered by that. But that doesn’t mean I’m not interested in seeing what other things can do.

Any-who that’s it for this week’s update. I’ll see you all next time.

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 56% of first draft complete.

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Writing in sections

Well last week went by rather quickly. Not much happened, so I suppose it is to be expected for the days to pass by in rapid succession.

Anyway, I did get some more writing in, as did the co-author. I only wrote a few days myself last week, but they finished as much as I did in one day. That’s rather amazing. Of course I usually only give myself a few hours at most, but they spent the majority of a day writing.

I went through what they had written, and it’s rather surprising to see that the way we write is so very similar. I’d be surprised that when we finish and publish if anyone could tell which sections were handled by which one of us. Of course we go through each other’s work, and make corrections we think are needed, so there is always going to be a part of each of us in any part, but it all flows very well together.

I’m still trying to catch up with where they jumped ahead, though I’m fairly sure I’ll be there by the end of the week at least. I thought the same thing last week, but it seems I’m having a bit of fun where I am, and am slightly loath to move to where they’re writing. They have a good picture of what they want there, so I’m hesitant to try to write those scenes. I might just jump even further ahead to avoid that.

Tis an interesting thing to work this way. I’m used to writing the story all the way through, then going back and adding or taking away. But writing in sections has its advantages. It means that I could if I wanted write away from the saved files I have, and then go back and paste that in. I haven’t, that’s not my way, but I could if I wanted.

That all being said, I must leave for now. I’ve got some other things I want to do before I head into work. So until next Monday, have a great week.

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 53% of first draft complete.

Steven Oaks

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