Archive for the ‘Editing’ Category

The Wolfman 2010: Meh. I started watching it a week or two ago and couldn’t get into it. I thought it was because I was tired. Now that I finally finished watching it, I know it wasn’t. So why couldn’t I get into it? It’s not a good movie. The make-up/special effects are really well done, but overall it’s nothing special. I don’t recommend it.

Wrong Turn: I’d already seen it years ago, but I had forgotten a lot about it, the major thing being it’s actually a good horror movie. The characters aren’t too stupid and eventually they realize what they have to do to survive. I recommend it.

Wrong Turn 2: Dead End: Because it’s a sequel, it’s obviously worse than the first and way gorier. But it’s still not too bad.


Playing with Darts

Wednesday I wrote a measly 245 words, but that’s because I was drained from the previous day’s writing. But yesterday I caught up and wrote…

1426 words!

Deadline: 15th of October

In other news, I have found the perfect title for “Playing with Darts”. Ready?

The Way Wars Are Won

It’s from a line in season 7 of Buffy. Good thing I did that marathon, huh?

Kenna’s Choice

I’ve given myself until June to get Kenna’s Choice in shape to start querying. Yes, that means I’m going to try and get it published. It’s weird—I had no intention of getting it published. I thought that my first novel-length story wouldn’t be good enough, but my critique partner said some very good things about it, and I have a list of things to delete (subplot of Kenna’s aunt) and things to expand (Kenna’s sister’s storyline).

Word count for Draft 2:


  • Have edited chapters 1–9 by the end of August.
  • Have 55 035 words for TWWAW

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I saw Sherlock Holmes on Friday night, went to a party on Saturday night (best party I’ve ever gone to, but that’s not saying much because I haven’t gone to many parties), and saw Did You Hear About the Morgans and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs on Sunday.

I finally wrote a little bit yesterday. There’s conflict between Lucifer and Drusilla and seeing as how they’re vampires, their arguments could end with the apartment burning down or something…

I’ve also been editing Kenna’s Choice and I’ve compiled a list of things to change. I don’t know what I’d do without Angela’s help (http://aekubo.livejournal.com), my wonderful critique partner.

My dad found a place for me to do my work experience (which we HAVE to do). My friends in other schools either don’t have to do it at all or they can choose to do it. But what my dad found for me sounds fun.

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Quote brought to you by Dean Winchester in the episode “Tall Tales” from season 2 of Supernatural. Here’s the whole conversation.

Sam: Dude, you know something? I put up with a lot from you.
Dean: What are you talking about? I’m a joy to be around!
Sam: Yeah? Your dirty socks in the sink? Your food in the fridge?
Dean: What’s wrong with my food?
Sam: It’s not food any more, Dean! It’s Darwinism!
Dean: [to himself] I like it.

Movies I’ve seen recently

  • Step Up
  • Step Up 2
  • The Proposal
  • John Tucker Must Die
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember
  • Pretty in Pink
  • Aladdin
  • Fatal Attraction
  • Sorority Row
  • Die Hard
  • Die Hard 2
  • Grease
  • Never Back Down

I’ve also been watching Scrubs, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Cougar Town and I caught up Desperate Housewives. I finished reading Wintergirls and I edited chapter 1 of Kenna’s Choice. I did all the written homework for the coming week and got a little head start on next week’s homework.

For those who don’t know me, this is a HUGE accomplishment for a two-week holiday. I never do this much stuff. I wish I’d done more thought, like edit the first five chapters, finish reading at least two other books and do more homework.

But I go back to school tomorrow, so there’s no time left…

Oh, and I’m turning 16 next month on the 22nd.

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How I Edit a Novel

Yesterday I printed chapters 1, 2 and 3 of my novel. Being lazy and a procrastinator by nature, I only began editing chapter 1 today. And boy is it fun. I don’t know why I’ve been putting it off for the past few days. I’m finding it quite fun to strike words out with a red pen and add new words with the same pen.

Today I’ve only edited a few pages, 3 to be exact, and I printed chapters 4 and 5 (in dark blue ink because there’s almost no black ink left) but I have a feeling I’m going to editing a lot more from now on.

If you want to edit in one go, use Holly Lisle’s one-pass revision: http://hollylisle.com/fm/Workshops/one-pass-revision.html. If not, well here’s how I’m doing it:

How I’m Editing

Stage 1

  • Spellcheck with http://www.spellcheck.net a very useful, simple site IMO.
  • Then I use this site: http://www.deepgenre.com/wordpress/admin/craft/line-editing/
  • At this stage it’s small things: Can I say this with less words? Can I make this sentence clearer? Are these words useful? I should add a description here, shouldn’t I? And a scene with her sister here. This doesn’t sound right. Is this the right word?
  • Consequences and continuity: Did character’s hand swell up after he/she punched someone? Did he/she lose his/her bag then have it again, without looking for it? Did character have no mention of a brother in one chapter and then poof! brother?

Stage 2

  • I toss my manuscript to N like meat to a wolf and pray for the best. N is a friend who likes editing. (Huh. Just found this site that I might use for this stage: http://etherpad.com/)

Stage 3

  • This stage I focus on:
  1. plot
  2. dialogue: http://www.plottopunctuation.com/blog/show/48
  3. characters: http://www.plottopunctuation.com/blog/show/47


Stage 4

  • Everything else [I’m too cold, lazy and hungry to continue so I’m gonna shower and eat. I’ll come back later or tomorrow to add more.]

This http://letthewordsflow.wordpress.com/2009/12/16/the-process-of-making-a-book/ is very useful. It explains what happens after you’ve written your book.

Other good websites:




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