Some thoughts on rewrites and snippets and more

(I’m blogging this morning over at Mad Genius Club. You can check out my thoughts on the Amtrak Residency Program, the current state of legacy publishing and Kobo’s objection to the proposed Canadian settlement concerning agency pricing.)

A couple of days ago, I talked about the different projects I have on the front burners and was wondering which one I should start snippeting here. I’ve spent some time thinking about it and have realized that I really don’t want to start snippeting something I’ve got scheduled to write this year but have yet to really sit down and put my full concentration on. So, what I think I’ll do is give a periodic snippet of whatever the current work-in-progress happens to be (after I finish the space opera). But my regular “snippet” will actually be something I’ll write in real-time here. I have the story started but it is something that, I’ll be honest, sort of scares me. It is really outside of my comfort zone. So, with your indulgence, I’ll use this blog — and you — as my kick in the pants to actually write the thing. Where it goes, we’ll see. Of course, what that means is that you guys will be seeing it in its roughest draft. Unless and until it scares me so much I decide not to inflict it on you any longer 😉

In the meantime, I have — I think — figured out exactly what was hanging me up on the space opera. It was two things actually. The first was having to come to terms with the fact that the military of the future — and on a different planet — will not look like the military we have here. So I’ve gone back to my initial research, made some notes and have quit trying to force it into the system we are all familiar with. It is fiction, after all, so I can make it into whatever I want — as long as it makes sense within the world I’m building.

The second issue was, oddly enough, a side-effect of being a fan of writers like David Weber. Weber’s Honor Harrington series is, as far as I’m concerned, one of the best modern science fiction series around. I will admit that I like the earlier books better than the later ones, mainly because I liked the books with more action and fewer info dumps about the tech and politics.

But there is one thing I’ve been seeing with a lot of the traditionally published science fiction and fantasy books the last ten years or so that had crept into this book and, in my case at least, not working. That’s the fact that there are so many point of view characters. Even minor characters have point of view scenes or chapters. In an epic series like the Honorverse, that works because those scenes or chapters help remind the reader what happened, or is happening, and who is pulling the strings. But in a new book, the start of a series, it was giving too much too soon, if that makes sense.

So I’ve gone back and reviewed what I’d already written, made changes where needed, expanded some scenes while deleting others. It will make a stronger book, in the end. At least I hope so. But, as I said in the earlier post, to continue snippeting the book now would mean starting over and I’m not sure I want to do that.

And now, I have some editing for NRP to do. So I’d best get to it. I’ll be back tomorrow with a real post. Until then!

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Writer, proud military mom and possessed by two crazy cats and one put-upon dog. Writes under the names of Amanda S. Green, Sam Schall and Ellie Ferguson.

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