Success after a fashion

The first draft of the prequel is now complete.  The final word count was about 31k.  And today I managed over 6k words which is rather more than I intended to do in one day but when the mood strikes you, you have to go with it.

Now I’m into editing and some minor re-writing.  The Hemingway program is actually very powerful and it really makes you think about how you should be writing the book in the first place.  I guess it’s something to aim for, the hope that I can put a book into Hemingway and have it report, ‘Nope, nothing to see here.’

Also decided on a definitive title for the book.  it will be named ‘Never Again.’  Which is a quote from one of the characters, not a plea after writing this one.

Getting closer?

Do we get closer to the end as we write more?  I’ve done another 1500 words this morning and had hoped that I’d be almost done with the first draft by now.  Yet I could go on, and on, and on… and still not arrive at an ending.

I still need to read and edit the whole thing and then sort out a cover and I still can’t think of a decent name for the finished product.

I was interrupted for a few minutes of fun this morning, by a call from ‘Jack’ who had pretty good English but with a decidedly Indian accent.  He was calling from ‘Microsoft Security’ who he said had just installed a security patch on my Windows computer.  He wanted to take over my computer so he could show me and ‘help to keep my computer secure.’  The pity of it was I’m a bit to busy for that sort of help at the moment, plus I don’t actually use a Windows computer.  Perhaps he mistook me for someone else.  Like maybe an idiot.

I’m not going to get much done this afternoon.  Got to go for a saxophone lesson in an hour.  Let’s hope I can tie this prequel thing up tonight.

A prequel or a saga?

So today I managed around 5k words.  I was out this evening or it might have been more!

The big battle scene isn’t quite as big. But I left an opening for a sequel to the prequel!  So I guess that will have to do.

The first draft should be done tomorrow or the day after, and then it’s editing and re-writing and prep for publishing. Not sure if it’ll be only ePub or paperback.

Plus of course I need a name for it.

Progress is being made

Well my first thought was about 15k words as a prequel.  I reached that with ‘just the big battle scene to craft’ so I extended the expectation to 20k words.  I just passed 20k this evening and still feel that over half the scene is still to come.  Maybe 25-30k words in the first draft.

I will definately hack some (lots) of the dross out of the earlier parts, although probably not the very beginning, which I quite like.

Just got Hemingway software today.  It claims to simplify and streamline your text.  It spots sections that are difficult to understand, unneeded words, etc.  looks like a useful piece of software.  I ran the first draft very quickly through it this afternoon and was more than a little embarrassed at how much it thought was wrong.  In my defence, this was just a very rough first draft.

 

Fantasy

Not wanting to be thought of as a one trick pony.  There will be books in other categories than Sc-Fi.  I have one in mind it’s set in the current world but with some weird characters and even weirder incidents.  I’m only just getting started on the subject, so it doesn’t even have a title yet.  But it will.

A Prequel to the Series

With a working title of ‘Beginnings’ (original or what?)  the prequel to Electra is currently sitting at 8500 words.  I’m aiming for a total of about 15-20000 words. to put that into context, Electra was 88000, and in a paperback edition runs to around 300 pages, so Beginnings will be about a bit less than a quarter of that.  It’s intended to be a teaser for the series and an explanation of the origins of the Seven Sisters rather than a novel in its own right.

And just for the record, the fact that there are seven sisters doesn’t mean that there will be seven books in the series.  I’m not sure yet how many there will be but some of the books will focus on more than one sister.