Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Slower Than Expected

Recently I have begun to tackle my draft of the second book in the series, The Lorn Prophecy, and have found out just how hard it is to go back to something you've written several years ago.

Even though the writing isn't "as" bad as the rough draft for Fable, it's pretty close. It is a perfect example of the lack of creative writing skills I've talked about on this page. I see how far I've come, and my sister has come, too.

When I decided to search for education in creative writing I had already written the first 32 chapters of Lore, by hand I might add, and it sat collecting dust in my rough draft box in the closet. 

There was notebook after notebook stacked inside waiting to be transformed into my computer. Thankfully my mom offered to come over a couple of days a week and type it in for me, of course she left me side notes along the way, too!

It's a good thing that she did that for me otherwise I would still be typing it in. Actually, she added the manuscript to my computer about two years ago, so it has sat and collected cyber space dust as well.

Anyway, I started at the beginning and am now on chapter 6. It's taken me weeks to get to this point, not everyday mind you, but at least one day each week I've dedicated to working on it. It's not as easy as it sounds.

There's head hopping, (lots of it) telling instead of showing, and really very little detail. I would think I was through a chapter and then it would dawn on me I still need to add things like descriptions of the palace, or what someone looked like. So, I go back in and add little somethings for us to tackle when we get to that particular scene. Basically little reminders.

Now I've realized that the story needs a lot more action. It's kinda boring, the next thing, changing the story. Basically what I'm trying to say is it might take longer than expected to get the next book in the series out, but I have decided what the ending will be, which means I do have some direction.  

I am determined to get it finished next year. I don't want to leave all of you hanging for to long. But look at it this way, it will be worth the wait. At least we have the side story coming out by the end of the year. I hope that will help to keep you satisfied until I can get through this next book. 

I guess we "all" have to be patient but know I'm working it and I am dedicated. It will be great!

I hope all of you have a wonderful week and I will continue to report on the progress of the book(s).

Love, Lisa


  1. It is excellent, Lisa, that you've now moved ahead and grown in your writing so that you can see the "errors" in the first draft. However, don't beat yourself up too much, and don't even worry about that stuff when getting the story down straight at first. It can all be fixed later. :)

    And it's great that you're keeping your readers and fans up to date on your progress, even if it will be slow. They are patient and will wait with bated breath!

    No other author could be as slow as Jean M. Auel, who took 20 years between sequels. :(


    1. 20 years?! OMG! That's just crazy! Don't worry, mine won't take that long if I can help it! Thanks for your comment Susan and your continued support!

    2. 20 years? Egads. Which of her books had 20 years between them?

    3. That's a good question, I will hit up Susan for the answer!

    4. There were six all together in what is now called The Earth's Children series.

      #1 came out in 1980
      #2 in 1982
      #3 in 1985
      #4 in 1990
      #5 in 2002
      #6 in 2011

      So maybe not 20 years between them, but there was a 12-year gap between #4 and #5 and then a 9-year gap before #6. :) Ok, ok, guilty of exaggeration. But still, the whole series took 30 years to produce and the later books were packed with unnecessary detail that really took away from the story.

      Say, as an aside, Lisa, I'd really love it if you would set up the feature on your blog where a commenter can subscribe to the comments that follow your own, so you get a reminder in your email inbox that someone commented on your comment and don't have to remember which blog post you commented on and then remember to check back. (too long sentence)


    5. If I knew how to do that I would. You could sign into the email follow, I don't know if it has a prompt to continue to get emails for this post like wordpress does or not. Maybe Ryan knows a way I can do it?!

  2. You know, I don't think I've ever had a problem with head hopping. My venture into writing was relatively unique (though not unheard of).

    Don't get my wrong, I always liked telling stories, but as far as writing was concerned, I wasn't that great. When I was in junior high, I enjoyed reading fan fiction. I devoured everything from complete crap to positively brilliant works that far outstripped the original material (of course, the original material was a Saturday morning cartoon that later became or was already a comic book). I definitely read more words in fan fiction than I did mainstream material, because it was part of a story that I already very much enjoyed (no need to spend time finding a worthwhile universe).

    Somewhere amidst all of the fan fiction was a link to a MUCK (one of many online, text-based role-playing environments) of the very same universe. Needless to say, I joined up. One of the rules, of course, and this is very common across most textual role-playing environments, is that you are not to pose the thoughts, feelings, or actions of others, only those belonging to your character. I think it was that rule (called powergaming or twinking, depending on which authority you consult) that is responsible for me never head hopping in any of my early work. Then again, I haven't looked at some of my decade-old material in ... well, a decade.

    So I suppose I could actually be wrong. But it seems logical that my primary venture into writing having such a prohibition would likely condition me to only present one viewpoint at a time.

    I look forward to seeing what horrors I committed in Shadows of a Distant Past, the book you said you'd beta read for me. I know that I've grown as a writer since 2010, when I wrote it, so I'm sure I'll find fault with it. Granted, you can find fault with anything. I can and have found fault in just about everything I've read. As humans, we are quite good at that. Which is why we should never judge our own work. If we are not critical, we will say it's awesome. If we are critical, we will say it's complete tosh.

    It might take a while to edit, it might not. We'll see once I finish Shadows #5.

  3. Ryan, I have to say this, (but you probably won't like it) you are so cute! I love it!I'm sure it will be a great read and I'm positive that your writing has gotten better through the years, that's pretty normal, if you care anyway, which I believe you do. I'm looking forward to reading it, and I need to ask, do you want me to critique it? Just making sure, and what kind of critique do you want? Just mechanical mistakes, or over all pacing ect... Let me know.

    1. I've got a little blurb about that, which goes with anything I send out to beta readers, so I'll just send that along (I don't have it here with me at work) when I send the book along. =)

    2. Sounds great! I can't wait to read it!