Walk Your Own Path

With a sudden crash of air, I have returned.

So what have I been up to since the last post? Well, I’ve gone ahead and had a few more day’s worth of editing. This time around it seems to be going rather smoothly. While I didn’t find too much out of place last time, what is really consuming the time now is getting formating in place. That and deciding on what little tweaks I might want to do.

There are so many ways to explain or say something. And there is a certain style that I’m trying to match throughout. Having two people writing different scenes, and then going through and editing each other seems to be the key. However, at least to me, I can sometimes tell which one of us wrote certain parts.

The other thing to be aware of is how the characters are different and should be consistent in how they speak or present themselves. So far there hasn’t been much to change on that front as I think we both know them fairly well. And we know any hidden thoughts they might have that have led them to this time in their lives.

The funny thing is, while we may know why they are they and how they got there, there isn’t a place in the story for it. I kind of look forward to any questions people might ask about their backstory. Some of it is rather hilarious, in the cosmic sense. At least to me, and likely the co-author.

Motivations and why people are where they are have a place in world building, but it isn’t the same thing as writing their entire life story. Otherwise why start anywhere except when a character is born? You can start there if you want, but then it better serve the cause of the story as a whole. But then again, it’s your story. You can do what you want. I’m not your father.

The co-author, by the way, has been working their way through the book as well. They are making changes now and again, and I’ve gone through what they’ve done. So I’m sort of doubling up on editing when they do that. I’ll do my few chapters or whatever page count I set for myself, then go look at what they’ve done. This isn’t a matter of trust or anything, it’s mostly that I’m curious about what they’ve done. I haven’t changed much from their modifications, just the random word here and there that I think might fit better.

It’d be funny though if it turns out I’m changing things back to what they were, and then they come in and change it again. A never-ending battle of edits. But I don’t think that’s happening. If I wanted to I could look at the unmodified first draft. However I’ll only do that if we wind up clashing. Though I don’t think that is likely. We generally talk through any major changes, and for the most part agree. It’s not just my story, it’s theirs as well.

Now, I just wanted to clarify some things. When I talk about writing, and how to do it, I’m not saying my way is the only way. Mostly I’m noting what I do, and if it helps you, great. If you completely disagree with me, hey, that’s fine too. I’m not some oracle with all the knowledge of the world. I don’t know how you think. I don’t know how you work. If something is working for you, stick with it. Whether you’re a writer or an artist of any type, don’t let other people tell you how to do things.

Then again I’ve found it useful to listen to other people. I may not act on what they say, but it motivates me as well as gives me something to think about. That’s what I’m trying to do here. Motivate you, and hopefully give some insight into my own method of creating. That and I think it’s fun to go back and read about what I was doing at certain times of my life.

I’ll probably change what I think is important in the future, but maybe I won’t. It’ll be interesting to go back and look at what I was doing in writing when I’m working on other books. Who knows, one of these posts might highlight where I started thinking differently, and from then on each of my books will follow a pattern I set here. Then again, so far, I like to change things up each time. Though I think my dialogue has been fairly consistent.

So with that, I’ll leave you until next time. I hope your week is filled with many ideas and joy.

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

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click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

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Click here for a link to the book

Poetry

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Link to my author page on Amazon – http://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: An estimated 35% into editing

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