Epic Novel Category

What to Do Differently

I may have figured out part of the problem. I need to write the story, not the book. Does that make sense? The book is the finished product that will be published. I don’t need to worry about that yet. I can think about marketability and what editors and agents want during the final revisions. […]

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Stuck pulling teeth

I am stuck. In three places at once. Part II is where I’ve been doing most of my writing. I’m at an entire sequence of battle scenes, and I hate writing battles scenes. I have written one good battle scene in my life, and when I went back to look at it, I thought, “I […]

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Query!! (the longer version)

I am officially in the business of getting published. I don’t say trying to get published because I am confident that at some point (it might take awhile), I will be published. 😀 Last Friday, I sent my first query to an agent. I had thought I would be obsessive about checking my email and […]

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Pretty Sentence

In revision, I came across a pretty sentence that unfortunately alliterates. I love the imagery of this sentence: Black smoke from its stacks stained the cerulean sky. This isn’t a poem, so alliteration–especially accidental–isn’t a good idea. I really wanted to keep that imagery. Here’s how I revised it: Black smoke from its chimneys stained […]

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The Chapter That Ruined Everything

So I got through all the major revisions of the Epic Novel Part I. I’ve been doing one of the last read throughs checking for flow. Everything was going really well. A sentence here and there needed tweaking, but overall, the story works. And then, I came to Chapter Eighteen. (da da DA!) I would […]

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Revisions, Editing, and Fine Tuning

In the five months of my hiatus, I have been able to work on the Epic Novel. Most of my typing has been one-handed, so writing new scenes or doing major revisions wasn’t really working. I did try to write a short a story, but being able to write only a sentence to one paragraph […]

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What to do with Obi-Wan

Did a revision of part one, and it’s actually pretty good! I just have three plot points to adress: the romantic interest, the telepathy, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan is throwing me. He doesn’t appear much in this first part, which made me wonder if he was necessary. Can my MC learn the force on his […]

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Too Focused

Okay, okay, I think I know what part of the problem is. I’m terrible at description. That’s the main glaring problem with highschool draft of Epic Novel. It’s all very terse, very telly, all action and dialogue. In my current draft, I have really focused on description. Perhaps too much. One compliment I always get […]

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Under the Couch . . .

Da da da da! Last night, I officially finished typing the rough draft of Epic Novel Book 1 Part 2!! Except for the last page which may be hiding under the couch. . . . I haven’t exactly met my self-imposed deadline of submission ready by the end of July, but I feel certain satisfaction […]

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Better Writer

Argh! Is it possible that I was a better when I was 17 pre-MFA—pre-any-kind-of-creative-writing-class-ever? I keep looking back at my highschool draft of the Epic Novel. Yes, in many ways it was terrible. Yet, the characters seemed more real, more authentic. They certainly seem more like teenagers, which I suppose shouldn’t surprise me. What really […]

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