I’ve been taking a break from the blog, to concentrate on editing my novel. I decided I need some explicit rules around grammar. I was confused by the placement of quotes and full stops and next sentences. Word, as in Microsoft word didn’t help. I managed to get into some situations no matter what I did around quotes it always had the red squiggle. Also another thing, it was insistent, telling me that the word unfortunately, placed in the middle of a sentence should have an uppercase U. I started to search for some books on the subject. That’s when I came across a wonderful resource Grammar for Fiction Writers (Busy Writer’s Guides Book 5) by Chris Saylor & Marcy Kennedy. This is one of a series of guides. The guides are well constructed and really useful. Since I started reading them, I have made many edits to the book. Gone are words such as actually, very, a bit, replaced with better constructed descriptive sentences.
It was surprising when searching through the book, just how many occurrences of certain words that I use.
I have learned a lot just from this short book, the biggest takeaway, how quotes start on a new line if someone new is speaking. This might not be news for many people, but it made so much sense and increased legibility. It’s been enjoyable editing the book. I like writing don’t get me wrong. My daughter read a section that I was editing, she was highly complementary and asked “how do you come up with the ideas? Stating she would never be able to.”
I think everyone has a story to tell, I do think I can at times be creative. I’m starting to feel the book is coming along, satisfyingly. I’m excited. I have other books that I’m at various stages, which I now know I can improve. There are still edits and sections to be written.
I also need to work on the logistics, the synopsis is in one the blog posts for anyone interested. A quick overview is, the main character needs to lose his Facebook friends in 30 days. It’s more in-depth than that, there are twists and turns. He starts with over 5000, so tracking these specifics will take some time. I nearly wrote ‘a bit’ then but stopped myself. I need a timeline, with key points to make sure it flows and it’s correct.
I found a section of the book that I’d missed out. A minor character that I realised I hadn’t finished, possibly as I didn’t at the time know how this would happen. I do now. Again I am excited to write. I want to make this my thing, writing. Oh don’t get me wrong it’s not always easy, as I am not the most gifted when it comes to the English language, it takes effort but boy it is going to be worth it.