It’s time for my monthly writing update!
(If you don’t care about my writing – or me as a human being – no hurt feelings! You can just skip over this post. We’ll return to our regularly schedule programming next week. ;D)
Here’s what we have on the agenda today:
- My progress with The Rebel of Mosoria, plus a lesson I learned this month about editing.
- The new title of Emergence! (I’M SO EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THIS!)
- A blog tag I was awarded… in January. *gulp* Better late that never, right?
Let’s get this party started!
1. Progress with The Rebel of Mosoria.
*sighs* Yes… I’m still working on this novella. Even though I wanted to finish the second draft in August. But that’s okay! I’m making progress. As I mentioned last month, this project has turned out much harder than I expected. And it’ll only be better for the extra time I’m giving it.
Which leads us to a lesson I learned this month.
I made a mistake: I tried accelerating this revision process with word wars and daily word count goals. At first, this seemed like it was helping. But it quickly backfired. I realized that this approach, while excellent for first drafts, can be a killer for second drafts.
I explained why in a Twitter thread, which I encourage you to read if you’re currently in revisions – or soon will be – for any of your projects:
I've stopped doing word wars AND my 1k-words-a-day challenge. Here's why… (Warning: Thread.)
— Brianna da Silva (@Brianna_daSilva) September 19, 2016
Instead of counting words edited, I’ve started measuring the time I spend I editing. My daily goal is to work on my novella for two hours. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I fail, but either way I’m still writing. I’ve found that this really works for me!
2. The new title of Emergence is…
First of all, you may be wondering: Why change the name at all?
As much as I adore one-word titles, a fellow writer pointed out to me that they are much harder to search for. If you searched for “Emergence” on Amazon or Goodreads right now, you’d get a slew of similarly (or identically) titled novels. If I publish my book under that title, it’ll probably get buried in search results.
The book will have a much better chance of being remembered (and purchased!) by potential readers if the title is more original.
So, without further ado, I give you the new title…
The new title of my novel is:
CITY OF RECKONING
EEP! I have to admit, I love this a lot more! And so long as no new books are released within the next year with this title, it will remain mine. *grins* *hovers over title possessively*
3. Infinity of Dreams Award
She gave me a list of personal questions to answer, all of which are extremely important and may or may not determine the fate of millions of puppies around the globe. I will do my duty and give my best effort at providing serious, insightful responses.
Favorite fictional weapon/magical power?
Anything that would allow me to crush your kind to dust and revel in my absolute power over the earth. Mwahaha! … I mean, a sword would do nicely. Sure.
Who is your favorite character to write and why?
Currently it’s Kindy, the main character from City of Reckoning. She has a dark, violent streak and an iron determination that is deliciously satisfying to write about, but she’s also so kindhearted and soft at her core. She’s like a fluffy pillow with spikes.
How do you want your writing to impact your readers?
Agh! That could be an entire blog post. In short, I want to inspire people to live with purpose, to face their fears, and to be their truest selves. Also, I want them to laugh, flip the pages in suspense, weep, hurl my books against the wall in anger… I mean, just kidding. (But am I?)
If you got a hold of the Millennium Falcon and had the chance to fly to any sci-fi planet ever imagined, where would you go?
Pandora from Avatar! That planet is breathtakingly gorgeous.
Favorite type of chip? Supposing you like chips.
Doritos. They’re so bad for me, and it’s rare that I actually eat them, but when I do… I am their slave.
Do you have any writing quirks you’d like to tell us about? Even better, do you have any writing quirks that you’d prefer to keep to yourself?
I sometimes act out my scenes before writing them, which results in my characters wincing and pretending they didn’t see. “I wouldn’t say it like that,” they mutter under their breath, and then show me how it’s done when I actually get to writing.
Currently, what is your favorite book quote?
I’ve been enjoying the poetic writing of The Aeneid. Here are a couple lines I liked:
… and when the breeze played lightly on the waves, and south winds called with gentle murmuring to the deep… from port we sail, and towns and lands recede.
And now Aurora reddens in the east; the stars had vanished; when, far off, we see the dusky mountains and the long low shore of Italy.
Favorite hobbies that don’t involve reading or writing?
I’ve gone from knowing zilch about science fiction to having a comprehensive understanding of the genre, its history, its literary and social significance, and its major players. The lectures makes me so happy. Ahh, I am addicted to self-education, my friends.
Also… I love hiking, urban exploration, movie-watching, and gaming. And climbing rocks like an eight-year-old boy. I’m very good at it. O.o
What do you think of the new book title? Could you relate to any of my answers in the Infinity Dreams Award? Which sci-fi planet would you visit? Let me know in the comments below!