I just received some awesome reviews by L. D. Dailey ~ World Building. He slogged his way through several of my revised chapters in “Opus Breanna“, giving me all kinds of pointers — and quite a few constructive criticisms. You might even say he was harsh, but I don’t see it that way. He was more than fair.
Almost from the first word in his review, I recognized that I had — for all of my talent at prose — thrown together the revision, as if I had stuffed all my scenes into one giant chapter, stirred them around, added a pinch of drama, and then squirted them out on paper like icing onto a cake. There were great sentences buried in boring paragraphs, drama buried in romance, and stoic resolve where a bit of emotional breakdown would have been appropriate.
I am in the process of switching from yWriter to Scrivener, and while doing so, I saw everything from a new perspective. And I wanted to puke. I need to go back to grammar school, not to mention Novel Writing 101.
So, in the spirit of all great works that start with slop, I am back to the drawing board for Opus Breanna. Using what I have learned, what I have read, and what others have said in review, I am going to break things down into story arcs that have a concrete beginning, climax, and ending — and then weave them together with whatever I can salvage from my previous writing in order to come up with a New New Revision of Book One.
Oh, and Book Two of my series, Breanna Ascensionis, is going to be my NaNoWriMo project. I hope it yields something worth keeping. My premise is solid, at least, though I’m not sure it has enough meat to it by itself. I might have to throw in a few more twists and turns than I planned for in “2013 NaNoWriMo Prep“.
AdTHANKSvance! for following my random blather.