Episode 1 Back Up

I did a lot of work on revising Episode1, and frankly I felt really good about how it was turning out, and then realized that I had entered revision hell.  As a budding author I am just now discovering this place, but I am sure those of you with more experience know it well.  I would have revised that thing likely for years before finally posting it, so I threw out the new draft and just re-posted it in its original form.  I decided it’s better to be embarrassed of limited ability for now so I can be proud when I see the progress I make years down the road.
Ah, the growing pains.

Episode 1 of The Espionage Diaries Available!

I didn’t spend as much time drafting on this as I would have liked, but chances are I would have been at it forever if I took as much time as I wanted.  Regardless, it is finished in all its 3605-word glory, so give it a look and let me know what you think!  Mouse over “The Espionage Diaries” in the left menu to read it.  Thanks!

 

Some More of My Writing Issues

I have been working really hard on the writing I plan to post here in the coming days (Ep. 1 of The Espionage Diaries is topping 3,000 words now), and as I revise, then go read work by other authors, come back and revise more, etc…I have felt that my fiction writing is off somehow.  It doesn’t flow like that of many other authors, and I find it frustrating.  The hardest thing to define has been why this would be the case, but I think I have discovered two tendencies I have that may be contributing to the issue:

1) I have a habit of writing long sentences.  It seems like I am trying to either have too much happen too quickly, or somewhere in my mind everything needs a little more descriptive verbiage.  I don’t really just make simple, straightforward statements.  I don’t know what started it, but now that I am aware, it had become a major part of my revision process.

2) I tend to say things more than once using different words.  I also do this when I talk, so it is not a major revelation.  Now that I see it reflecting in my writing, I have been keeping a careful eye out for it and nipping it in the bud.

It’s things like these that leave me a little let down in my writing ability, but I remind myself that learning is why I started this blog.

Do you guys have any issues with your writing that drive you this nuts?

Episode 1 of “The Espionage Diaries” Headed to Revision

So I was able to finish Episode 1, but it has a little ways to go before I release it.  Right now it is nearly 2700 words, and sloppy at best.  I am trying to incorporate less redundant description into my writing at this point, so I’m going to be focusing on whittling this baby down a little bit.

Once it is complete, you will be the first to know!

The Espionage Diaries

I have started work on a new series of short stories, one in which I hope to allow for some guest writing, called The Espionage Diaries.  I have created the summary page to the left giving the basic idea  behind it (the summary needs a lot of work), and am already 1300+ words into episode one.  The goal is for each episode to take place from the point of view of one of the “spies” recruited by the organization, so the possibilities are endless.

I will post more when I can, but I don’t want to give too much away too early.