Our past week has been busy with the holiday season ramping up. Andrea and I haven't had a lot of time to post and part of the reason is our work on Quirni. We are almost done with the final edit and are working on the cover design. I am thrilled that our beta reader … Continue reading What Next?
There are different levels of editing whenever you're working on something. For painting, it's all in the pre-planning because if you're in certain mediums, there is no fixing it afterwards. In writing, there is a large timeframe available for fixing it afterwards, but that comes with a conundrum because there are too many things to … Continue reading Editing Book Five
We can't afford to pay an editor to edit over a million words of "Quirni". That is why Andrea and I edit our own work. We rely heavily on her English degree and my years of writing experience. Last week Andrea shared how we 'cold read' in order to find problems but some things like … Continue reading Passive Voice
I find the hardest thing to do when writing is to see my own problems. It helps to edit with another person but when I'm writing and editing alone, I have procedures I follow to help me see what needs to be changed. The most helpful thing I do is to take time between writing and editing. … Continue reading Editing Alone
Voice is the writer's choice of detail and word, the actor's persona, a poem's details. In a novel, it's a combination of point of view, the level of realism, and the poetic details the author includes. Voice can make a piece difficult to read yet intriguing or so easy and clear to follow it's boring. … Continue reading Formality v.s. Functionality
One of the most challenging things to manage when working, writing, editing, and publishing, is what to edit, and what to leave behind because we want to get it out there and clean for everyone to read and enjoy. The first time Quirni was published for Fiction Press, we went over it, but it wasn't … Continue reading Editing for Kindle
The Quirni stories involved a lot of pre-planning and world creation. When the story started, I didn't have as much confidence in my writing as I did my planning. The first story was mostly written by Lisa, and then read to me as she finished. After reading, we talked about the story. Mostly we focused … Continue reading The Writing Process for Quirni
With the second of the Quirni series almost ready to publish on Kindle with Quirni: The Marrilian, to be released sometime in fall or early winter, I would like to share what this story used to look like. Quirni was originally written just for pleasure, and the first book was the first three novels. That first massive book was … Continue reading The Past of Quirni: The Marrilian