Spectra · Uncategorized · writing

Spectra 1 Revision: Deleting the Chaff

Start: 40,655 words and 94 pages

End: 30,313 words and 74 pages

I cut down Book 1 of Spectra today, removing all the outliney description, author notes, and obsolete material from it (okay, so maybe 0.9% of it remains) while it lopped off 20 pages and 20k words (AAA!) it made it much clearer what scenes I need to write since their spots are no longer filled with synopsis paragraphs that camouflage as narrative.

And some of it spilled over into the second book.

I should specify:  I cut down the copy of the Spectra 1 manuscript.

I have a thing about having copies.  And I simply copied a bunch of notes into a new revision note document so I don’t lose track of ideas.  Pretty much in order of the plot lines, so it should be fairly tidy.  So there’s some nice redundancy and ways to stay on track.

Still it’s weird that this thing is down to 30k.

I keep telling myself it’s going to be a giant book, that this whole storyline will be many books, but I see numbers like this and I question the whole thing.

Except I got most of the way through and listed a bunch of empty scenes that needed to be written or majorly added to…And there were 24 of them, and I added more to the list.

So, once I write through all of those, I hope my story will finally take the shape of a respectable novel instead of being such a crazy draft.

I think that’s about it for now.  I’ll probably start filling it in tomorrow AND I’ll start changing some of the outline headings within the manuscript to chapter headings!  Whoa!  (Pretty much don’t write with chapters labeled, instead I use detailed outline labels so I don’t lose my place and I know where to find specific parts of scenes and such.)

I suppose it might be fair to share an old snippet and a new snippet…

Sheyla’s parents discussing Plot Problems:

“It’s just… there’s always alien skirmishes… someday, Sheyla will be strong enough that they’ll see her…”
He put his hand on her shoulder.
“Sheyla is going to be fine, we’re going to stay where there is good security, we won’t have to give up our rights for it.”

Something I wrote the other day before copying the draft:

“Disengage,” a pilot commanded, “You are in restricted …spacespace… like airspace, but in space…Guys, what do I say here?”

And now you know why I had to cut a quarter of my words out of the story, because I talk to myself in the middle of the story all the time.  But I gotta do it to figure things out! xD

(Also just hit me that I literally cut out a quarter of my manuscript.  Wut.)

Spectra · Uncategorized · writing

Camp NaNo Update with Spectra News

I’ve written double what I needed to for the little Camp goal, I’m currently at 6007 words! (300 words are 3 comic pages technically) so I’ve got no worries about camp, just story structure!

And here’s the thing, after hopping about imagining Spectra and dabbling in other stories and all that, I figured out a solution to Spectra’s beginning.  Because for the longest time I’ve felt like it starts off too unevenly, or really that it does NOT give the reader a good idea of what they’re getting into whenever I planned to start with young Sheyla having to handle her magic before the war that sets everything off, and even when combined with Des and his encounters with aliens, nothing quite clicked.  The problem was that even though they acknowledged the wider dangers out there at the start (aliens) they aren’t really shown and there’s simply a lot more about them and their families, the “normal” before the storm.

And even if that was okay, I never solved “Do I open with Sheyla?  Do I open with Des?  Do I open with a flash forward prologue that mostly has Sheyla and maybe a bit of Des?” I wasn’t satisfied.

It was simply apparent I was bored of the opening I planned.  Not that the scenes are utterly bad, but they make bad openings, they do nothing to indicate the scale of conflict in Spectra, just a teenager and a kid being set up before the war that puts them on opposite ends.  It just couldn’t work.

I couldn’t think of a way around it.


I decided it would have to open with someone besides Sheyla or Des.  Someone already in the middle of the action, someone deep in the action throughout the whole story.  Thankfully, there are a few characters who have already have several segments with their POVs consistently spread throughout the government.  I considered Dale and other members of the Kaldoan military and resistance, who are certainly prominent.  But, I realized that perhaps the best one to open it up would be the Void Lord, since he would have the benefit of being in space.

And also the first chapter is a few years before the war, so the Kaldoan military wouldn’t be doing anything plot specific and I’d be tempted to make filler politics that connects to tension between the factions and that sounds too complex for now.  And like filler.  But the Void Lord…his focus stays the same through the whole thing.

I might still introduce Dale’s side afterward, but it wouldn’t be necessary and it verges into needless backstory that only I (and friends) would be interested in at this point.

For all I know the prologue will only be a page, but it should give a nice sense of scale to the story and hint at how all the disparate threads of Spectra will come together in a cohesive whole.

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Camp NaNo Goes on with Grumpy Cover Art

2112 words written and 3 pages drawn for Camp NaNo so far.  I stalled over cover design, but at this point I’m willing to use a bit of filler work just so I can get to the actual comic without worrying about getting the perfect image in my head.


And it shows.

They are too cartoony.  And also conveying my reaction to realizing I had drawn the sun icon on top of the text outline in the same layer, so I wouldn’t be able to easily edit and save them for later (to develop my own title font for SoA), thus I kinda lost interest in making it look great for now.  But the mood is conveyed and Tristan and Dhelran’s typical attitudes in this book are accurately portrayed.  Some success then.

I’m over-achieving my tiny Camp NaNo goal, but I really want to draw a lot more pages then my current rate.  Someday I’ll have to update the cover, but not during Camp!


Camp NaNo: Relaxed Goal and an Old Story

I have a 3000 word goal for Camp NaNo.  And because I’m sure to want to draw some comic pages and not just write, I decided each page I draw will be equivalent to 100 words.  So far I have drawn a page and written over 400 words.  All in all, I’m keeping up and getting some story work done!  And I don’t feel stressed about it at all (other than having a million stories I can’t write all at once.)

Started doing Spectra, contemplated The Dragon Maidens, and then I began settling into working on Sons of Adawine and I drew a series concept cover.


So, I’ll see how it goes…