The Best Words to Write

 

… Well at least when you’re working on a draft, it is.  Now the book is off to beta readers.  It’s all an iteration.

This is how editing works for me.

  • Bang out a rough draft.  I mean BANG it.  It’s rough, it’s wild, it sometimes contradicts itself and is a bit of a wild child, but it’s still your child and you love it.  My rough drafts are usually mechanical, very action focused without much emotional depth or scenes.
  • Let it sit, think about it.  During this period, I jot down ideas to change, to fix, to deepen.
  • Time to edit!  I go through four to six versions of each novel.  Each pass I focus on more specific things, like adding emotion, expanding world building, then I go for passes for plot consistency and flow, pacing, any holes that are obvious.  And then a final pass for typos.  All these passes take me some time.
  • Then off to beta readers.  I have various ones who will help with plot, or writing voice, or typos.  A variety of skills in my editing peeps is always valuable.
  • Then back to more polish, fixing the things my betas brought up and I agree with.  Sometimes it’s big stuff, sometimes it’s not.  It’s important to know what to change and what you feel is done correctly.  Trust your gut… but as I say that, I also think that if three or more betas agree with a thing, then I should probably change it.

What is your editing process?  How many drafts or passes do you make?  Do you use any computer tools to help with the editing?  I use word spelling/grammar checker, then Grammarly, then I pay another set of eyes to review the entire thing.  I always miss typos, but I do catch many.

Happy writing!  And for fans of my stuff, look for a new book this year!

2020 Comes in Like Lion (or is that March?)

The new year has always been a time of reflection and focus. I’ve had some good years, and some better years, and some years that shall not be named.

2019 was one of the better ones. I self-published Afflicted to the Core, which is the third Wielder World book. I also put groundwork on Wielder World 4, as well as a new stand alone mage/vampire contemporary fantasy.

Writing is a love, a somewhat expensive hobby, and an avenue I plan on walking far into retirement (which is still far away). Juggling a day job and writing has always been a challenge, but I hope to carve our more writing time for 2020.

With the more hours goal in mind, I hope to deliver you the two books mentioned above in 2020. And possibly another novella.

I also plan to hike more, and take more dazzling pictures, of which you can see in my natkennedybooks Instagram. Join me there and see what I’m up to.

Any goals for 2020? Writing or otherwise? Here is a cheering section for you!

NaNoWriMo

Last month I was working on editing Wielder World 3, aka Afflicted to the Core, but I put that all on hold for NaNoWriMo which I participate in every year.

This year, I’m working on a vampire and mage story. Time to mix things up!

To all those NaNoing, good luck! I hope you get your words in.

Upcoming

I’ve got two shorts coming up soon!

Places Between – Wielder World 2.5

Bethany Wolfe-Martin, a crack agent for the Bureau of Wielder Services, has dedicated her life to fighting Wielder crimes. A new branch of Wielding is dropping bodies over the city. Can she find this Wielder killer without failing her duty to her husband and daughter? It’s a balancing act she’s struggling to maintain.

Places Between is a short story glimpse into the Wielder World series—gay urban fantasy full of danger, power, and dedication born of trial and blood.


The Voice – a unique paranormal romance

John Bachman has a magical voice. Literally. His country music sinks deep into a person’s mind and puts everyone in a happy, uplifted, positive mood. His concerts are packed. His fans uncountable.

His fans are dedicated.

His fans are focused.

His fans are dangerous.

Kenny Colorado is one of many personal body guards assigned to protect John from his most rabid fans. Kenny excels at his job. Unfortunately, John excels at being John.

Wielder World Update

Working on a series is a bit more of a challenge than I expected. I have piles of notes on the Wielder World, but things have changed in the writing of Edge of Desperation and Center of Deception, so sometimes my brain is still caught on that original spark, versus the updated, more logical detail.

Afflicted to the Core is coming along. A step up from the two previous stories, this one includes Bethany (Reggie’s older sister), dark shadow conspiracies, more facing of feelings, and a lot more heat.

August, Reggie and Kyle are getting in to trouble, but as they are telling me as I write this, they will do anything for each other. I like that about them.

Keep watch for more updates. Hoping for a good draft by the end of July. Fingers crossed, pen scratching away.

Edge of Desperation through the grinder

Edge of Desperation has been thoroughly betaed and is now off to the line editors. Soon, Reggie Wolfe and Kyle Landon get to see the light of day. I’m stoked to get my first published work out there. I’m hoping for a release date of early May. Then, following that, Center of Deception, Book Two of the Wielder World will be published. Working hard on this great series. I love these guys! I hope you love them too.

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