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I’m moving forward in the first draft of BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM.


I’ve moved all my characters into position and now it’s time for things to start to get interesting.

Well, I hope it’s been interesting up to this point, too, of course. But now I mean more in the may-you-live-in-interesting-times sense. Unexpected complications confusing and separating allies while the antagonist attempts to strengthen his position. Although, the antagonist has got a few unexpected complications in store, too in just a few chapters. Some things that will make one character change sides.

In other words, the next few chapters are going to be fun to write.

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Earlier this week, I paused briefly in writing the first draft of BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM, because I had to figure something out.


Discovery writer problems.

I knew I needed someone to help one particular POV character (let’s call him Kal). Someone who is not the person who is supposed to be responsible for his training, etc. But I hadn’t figured out who this other character would be. It needed to be someone with a prior association with the Kal’s parents. And then it hit me. In the very first chapter of BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING, I have someone who is rescued by Kal’s father. Someone who would probably have known Kal’s mother.  Someone who has a loyalty to Kal’s Grandmother (there’s a reason that’s capitalized). Someone who, in short, is perfect for the role of shadow guardian.

I didn’t name this other character in BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING, but that’s easily fixed, since the manuscript is out with my critique partners and there will certainly be another round of revisions when it comes back. I can even give this character a small additional part, easily enough.

I haven’t written this chapter that I needed to figure out yet because I ultimately decided that it will come a little later in the timeline. But now I know enough to write it when I get there.

Meantime, I have to move Kal’s brother into position for the next main event.

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For some reason, it always takes me a day or two–sometimes more–to change gears from one story to another. Even if the next story is the sequel to the last. That may be especially true with this story because several of the characters are new.

For BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM, it took me a couple of days to find my way into the next chapter. But I’ve got a good start on it now.


Now to see how much progress I can make before the critiques of BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING start coming back.

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Moving On

So, while BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING is in the hands of beta readers,


I’m going back to work on the sequel, BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM.


The first thing to do, naturally, was to read the ten chapters I’d already written just to refresh myself on where I’d left the story. Sometimes, that results in finding problems I hadn’t noticed earlier.

I found a couple of small things I needed to change and several things I need to consider in the next chapters. I don’t normally go back and make changes in the first draft–unless it’s something that will change the story going forward. One of those changes was like that. But it was small and I’ve already taken care of it.

BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM (Book 2) will be a little different than BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING (Book 1).

Book 1 centered tightly on the main character, although a few other characters got the occasional POV chapter–the love interest, the brother/sidekick, the antagonist. One other character got a single POV chapter.

Book 2 starts in a place where the main character can’t carry the action. He’s stuck in a situation where he can’t move forward until certain other things happen–which is one of the reasons I broke the story where I did. There’s a time lapse between books 1 and 2 before those conditions can be met. So, the action is carried mostly by other characters who are not yet, but will become sidekicks, of a sort. Plus POV chapters by two–at least two–other characters one of which is the antagonist. Five primary points of view.

And one of the things I kind of knew when I paused work on Book 2 to go back and make the revisions on Book1 is that I had set up one of those points of view and then was kind of letting it drop until it becomes important again. That won’t work. So I’m going to have to find something to keep this guy on the edges of the story until his moment comes. That will take a little bit of thought.



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Hip, hip, hooray!

I finished the initial revisions to BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING!


It’s ready to go out to my critique partners! Woo hoo!

Now for a brief respite and then to plunge back into the first draft of BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM.



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I’m now about two-thirds through the first round of revisions on BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING.


I am going to try really hard to get this done–not, probably by the end of this week–but hopefully before the end of next weekend.

One of the things I added will make the next few chapters tighter, so that’s good.

There’ll still be stuff that I left for the next revision pass, but most of that will be minor–I hope.

Back to the revision cave.

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Well, I’ve finally finished the section that had to be redone in BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING.


This wasn’t so much a rewrite as completely scrapping what I had in the last scene of Chapter 30 and the first scene or two of Chapter 31. That section, of course, is now effectively a first draft and will probably need a bit more work in the final revisions. But, it’s better than it was.

Now, of course, I’ll need to smooth over the transition into the next scene, which is not coming from the same starting point as it was. But that shouldn’t be too bad.

Hopefully, this draft won’t need any more major surgery like this. I’d still really like to finish it by the end of next week so I can get it out to my beta readers, but I’m not going to do a sloppy job to achieve that. And I do know I’ve got a couple of chapters right before the climax that are going to need fleshing out.

It doesn’t have to be perfect to go to the beta readers, of course. But it should be at least close.

Well, it takes as long as it takes to get it right.

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