I have taken a liking to editing. I guess it is whipping the first draft into a more user friendly state, and heavens knows my first drafts need all the whipping they can get!
As this month is Evil Editors Unite Challenge over at KiwiWriters, I have decided to go with two works, only because I really couldn’t chose between them!
Of Kings Queens and Noblemen (KQ&N) is a novel I wrote a couple of years ago during SoCNoC and trashed because I thought it was tacky. But on further reading, it wasn’t half as bad as I thought it was. It is based around a king who while in exile falls in love with a serving girl. He strikes out big time with her and goes back home to reclaim his throne, but he can’t stop thinking about her. Because there are tight restrictions on royal marriages, he abdicates his throne to find the serving girl and convince her that he is serious about her. This is done from the King’s point of View, which is an interesting position from a female writers point of view. I hope he is masculine enough without coming across as a sissy when he does fall in love.
The Ice Planet story is another SoCNoC novel, I wrote last year, and I was very pleased with it.
It had a strong female lead, a conflicting love interest, and espionage and intrigue, but the gutting thing is, I lost half of it when my laptop crashed. I now have to work my way through it, find the areas that are missing, because it wasn’t just the last half of my novel, there are scenes that I added and subtracted as I was writing that need to be reinserted, reinvented and rewritten.
My goal for the month is to do a chapter a day on KQ&N and work on two chapters of Ice Planet. KQ&N chapters are fairly long, so if I give myself a chapter a day, I have some time up my sleeve for those longer chapters. And with Ice Planet it is a case of trying to find the scenes that need work, then writing them up.
I am looking forward to this month, I know I will do more than 20 hours editing, but I hope to achieve two stories in one go. Wahoo, Go me!