editing

The end without an end

(a thinking-in-public post) So I sat up until 2am because I couldn’t stop editing. And then I had to stop editing because the draft ended. What I’ve got would be almost good enough to send to beta readers –I need to rename one character– if it didn’t end at that point. In the middle of

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Tiny editing update

I’m slogging through the thing that’s now called Daughter of the King but needs a better title: the sequel to Gates and Passages. This is the one in which I wrote past the ending several times (and then decided to cut it in half because the first half did work, resulting in Gates and Passages).

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Public plot-noodling

In the mid-twenty-noughts I wrote what I thought was a complete novel, tentatively called A Voice from the North, my second after Terms of Service. It has Raneth Velain in it, who I love with a fierce love, grown up into a strong wry middle-aged Guild runner. I couldn’t finish it– well, it got finished

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Thinking in public

After asking and answering the silly questions I thought I’d set up the scene properly and go back to find the exact moment Jilan lost track of Raneth. It’s surprisingly early: immediately after his audience with the king she goes off on “business with someone who shouldn’t see [Jilan] yet”. And then she disappears. Neither

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Silly questions

Do all books have a bit in the middle that just won’t cooperate? In Terms of Service there was the palace scene that I had to redo several times –it didn’t help that it was between two very strong scenes, but it was also weak in itself– and now I’m editing A Voice from the

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Cruelty to Characters Week

In June 2001 I wrote this post on rec.arts.sf.composition. Years later I left the newsgroup because of nastiness and flamewars. Now it seems to be much the same as it was when I was there, only without me and a couple of people I met there (and who are still my friends) who also left

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