@ person who mentioned it, sorry. On the app so can't look at it again and I forgot.
Thanks! After teh first 2 hours of pain, I started to worry. Glad it was nothing.
Now, this poem keeps getting longer! I know what's coming aka the end, but I keep coming up with things that flow into what's before it. I'm sure I'll come up with more during it. Editing this is going to be an interesting exercise.
Learning a lot though. Really is pushing me in terms of description and all. So few words to express so much.
9 years is a long time to devote to a project, even if just off-and-on. I've attempted exactly one short detective-type piece ... they require a bit more intelligent planning than I tend towards.
How far are you on that piece?
No progress on Soliloquy yesterday. Prepping for a job interview today. After that's over I hope to devote the afternoon to writing.
Soliloquy is the third in a YA vampire series I'm writing. It follows Vyka, a Russian vampire still relatively new to America. To me it's a happy story. I'm not sure that'd be something everyone would agree on. It deals with ghosts, getting over the past, and fighting addictions. His world effectively fell apart at the end of the first book and it finally comes back together in the third. It's bittersweet, really.
I got about 3/5ths of the way through drafting it, then realized that the really cool thing I had happen in Chapter 3 would be much, much better as the climax of the story, so I started a new draft and have been reshuffling things to make them fit since then. I'm in the middle of a bunch of new scenes that I hadn't planned in the first write. I don't think I have more than a handful of those before I get to go to some of the pre-typed stuff again. Still trying to work out where some of the scenes that I've already written best belong. I have one in particular that is a big reveal, and an absolute must. Trying to figure out exactly where it best fits is a bit of a challenge
Well, I was 16 when I first started it, so, as I mature and become more skilled I keep rewriting it.
I've completed four rewrites and three drafts.
I'm determined that the upcoming rewrite will be the last rewrite, but the start of many drafts. I've got a good alternating plan for my two projects, devoting six months to each at a time.
That sounds like such an interesting vampire series. What kind of addictions? How old is Vyka?
Rearranging can be challenging. I've heard of people putting all their scenes on index cards and then just laying them out and swapping the order here and there to see what happens.
Hope your interview goes/went well!
Sounds like the right way to do it. My first in the series was one of those. Came back to it after years away ... last time I really worked on it was 2004. Picked it up again in 2012. It took a few drafts to bring it up to speed, but I think it's there now.
Does going back and forth on stories work well for you? If so, why? I've never been able to juggle this sort of commitment well, which is why I'm curious.
My vampires work a little differently than most. Feeding on humans is required, killing them isn't. Just means you have to feed more often and take smaller quantities. That said, killing is addictive. Vampires get stronger by doing so, so some really don't see any issues with this. Mostly, it's the newbies who struggle with it. After a while you just adjust. Vyka killed his first victim. It's pretty common if you don't have a mentor to pull you away, but it's not something he's ever adjusted to or gotten over. Seven years and counting he's been trying and failing to find a better way. He's finally in a position to possibly do so, but it's going to be a hard fight.
Drugs don't work on vampires. Including painkillers. They heal more quickly, thankfully, but there are a lot of drawbacks to being immortal. A lot of the older ones go mad with age, and vampires are extremely territorial and violent about defending their territories so a young vampire without any allies (if they're unfortunate enough to have been abandoned by their creator or if their creator kills themself) is in serious trouble.
I wanted to create a world where being immortal comes with some serious costs. Benefits too, if you survive long enough, but there are too many romantic vampire stories out there. I didn't want to write another one of those.
Slow progress. Wrote 919 words and will probably write more on HIAH and managed to write back up to 3,644 words for Apocalyptic Hell because I switched from third person to first. Might swap back if I don't like being stuck in my main MC's head since I saved the original in a file where I have character notes.
No worries ^^ Apps tend to make things a wee harder when replying. It's a good thing it was nothing but heartburn. There's at least sixteen different health problems that have the chest pain symptom.
At least the poem is challenging you to expand on your descriptions which is good. I'm sure you're gonna enjoy editing it in one way or another.
Edited: Total count today is 1467 words before it rolls over to the next day. And I solidify on a title for HiaH's first book. I have a feeling it may not be able to cram the whole story into one book if and when I finish the final draft and with edits.