Today I am working on some edits for my current WIP. I have come across a section that required me to look up a map to make sure that I was getting some details correct. Even though I have written this story and am only doing edits, I still do some research to ensure that the descriptions of how to get some where are accurate. Writing and editing do require a never ending amount of research.
I found a very cool map of historical sites. The map shows some of the historical sites at Devil's Lake that I use in my book. The cool think about this map is I can now find the exact locations of some of the cottages and hotels that were at the lake. My older research doesn't give this map and of course I bookmarked it so I can refer to it even more as I go along.
I share this map with you because if you love Devil's Lake as much as I do, it will help put in perspective of another time where life was so very different at the lake as opposed to now. This is also the push I needed to get my book done and hopefully off to the editor for another review and perhaps it will be closer to publication. I have a few people on a list that will receive copies before the rest of the country.
Enjoy the post and the map! And if you haven't visited Devil's Lake State Park in Baraboo, WI; well what are you waiting for?
I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend! Remembering those who fought for us and lost their lives is a great part of gratitude. I use a gratitude journal daily and I made sure to include those we remember on Memorial Day. I enjoy my freedom way to much to forget those who gave their lives for it.
My weekend was uneventful. We generally stay home and enjoy movie marathons and cook out on Memorial Day. We usually cook out beer brats and hamburgers with some salad. Its always nice to have a 3-day weekend, but just like any other weekend, it goes way too fast.
Today's agenda is to get some more edits done on the current WIP and get those done enough where I can review them one more time before sending to my editor. I have made these edits priority over other projects. Reason one: because it has taken too long to get this book finished and I want it to be. Reason two: There have been many questions being asked about specific things related to the history of Devil's Lake State Park on a Facebook group I follow and I want to get this book out to help.
I do apologize for the lack in posts. Just starting this blog was nerve wrecking for me and I am still working out all the kinks. I will try harder to provide more informative posts going forward.
This post will be how I wrote my current work in progress and will include some details from a source that agrees with many others how one should write a fiction novel. The real question here should be 'do we follow the rules or wing it?'
How I wrote my current wip
Outline? No I didn't do an outline even though many pinterest pins, blog posts and how to books told me I should outline, I didn't. There really was no time to outline. Once I developed my characters the writing just took off. I was able to physically do the research on the setting so it made the story come together fast. When you read or hear about an author whose characters take over the story is true. It does happen. They take over the story and make it theirs, not yours.
Character development? Well I didn't really write that out. I knew who the characters were going to be, I knew their backgrounds and I knew how their personalities would clash together. How did I know this? Because all of the characters in my WIP but one are tailored after myself, family, and some friends I went to high school with.
Setting? The setting was the easy part. The setting is tailored after a state park that has a very interesting history and unique rock formations that helped create the storyline.
Storyline? That was developed one day just sitting out on the lake enjoying the water and hot sun. I utilized the history of the state park and one specific rock formation to create the storyline. Not to mentioned I had hiked most of the trails at the lake most of my life.
Writing what you know makes a difference in how well your story will be envisioned by readers.
Step by step
Isadora Felix is a blogger, writer and translator who has put together a great step by step on how to write a fiction novel. I chose her blog out of all those I saw on pinterest because she doesn't just do a 1,2,3 process, but explains the process quite well. If I were an outlining type of writer, well I would definitely use her process. There is no right or wrong way to write a fiction novel. If you are pantser, one who doesn't outline like me, then do that, but if you need to have the details down ahead of time, definitely outline.
I totally just realized that it is Tuesday already! I do apologize for my lapse in attendance here. I ended up with some small head cold that seems to be lingering the most in a scratchy throat and an annoying headache that doesn't know when to quit.
So, I am at my 9-5 job typing this up and found an error I had made that affects the income statement for the business. Now if you have read my 'About Me' page on my website you know that I am a full charge bookkeeper for a small insurance business. Its been a crazy year to say the least and that is one thing I cannot believe I forgot to do. But I will blame it on the new computer system we received. And why not? Lots of learning and figuring things out AND the new system can't really defend itself so an easy out - except now I am paying for it. :(
But I am glad to have found the issue now rather than in October when we have to close out the year. So, I get to spend the next few afternoons fixing my error or I mean the system error. Ha, Ha!
I edited some over the weekend but being ill just makes it harder to function. The week is almost half over so I need to get more editing done. Plus I wanted to up my information on my blog posts to cover a variety of topics. Tomorrow will have to be the new start.
Editing a novel sounds daunting when you get feedback from an editor. That happened for me the first and second time I received my edit suggestions back. After careful thought, I chose to take those edit suggestion and see what I could do to make the story better with them.
I literally just finished re-editing for the hundredth time chapters one through five and realized just how good the story was thus far. I mean really good (not to toot my own horn) but everything flowed nicely and the edit suggestions helped create the mystery the story needed.
So, what’s next? Editing the rest of the book. That sounds easy, but if you break it down into manageable chapters, then it makes all the editing worthwhile. Pinterest and the internet have many different blog posts and suggestions on how to edit your novel, but you need to take a look at what the editor is saying and really relate it to your specific novel.
You know all about who I am from my 'About Me" page. When I started writing Devil's Lake, I actually did write it by hand at first. Then I transferred over to laptop my husband bought for me. I didn't follow a specific outline or check list on how to write a novel, I just started writing. The words poured out onto the page as well as all the research and fortunately at the time I started, we still live in Baraboo, WI where the actual Devil's Lake is located.
It was the centennial year at Devil's Lake and my daughter, some of her friends and my self were lounging about on the lake when the idea struck. It was the perfect time for this story to come to light with the lake's history being available.
So from there the story began and will be out hopefully soon if the edits don't get me first!
So last evening I was working on my work in progress (WIP) and was trying to get a version of it to print. Well needless to say my printer decided to be a problem. I reloaded the wifi information onto it and added paper, but it still wanted to be a problem. I ran the troubleshoot and it really didn't help much.
So, after much irritation, I chose to shut the laptop down and worry about it later. Perhaps the ink is getting old and I just need some new. I will have to try that.
Electronics are great when we are writing out the bestselling novel of our lifetime until they don’t cooperate. The thought of handwriting out a novel is excruciatingly painful to think about. Hand cramps and not to mention words that get written that perhaps you may never know what it was you were trying to say at that moment. I did that once. Hand wrote out a couple sentences and found that there were some words I wasn't sure what they were supposed to say.
In today's world, we are spoiled to be able to write out what we want to say using technology whether that be on a laptop, desktop computer, or cell phone. Just remember that technology can be a blessing or a curse when it comes to important things in life. Even those of use who write and look to be published have to know the chances we take when submitting online via email or websites.
I started my book writing journey over 16 years ago. The first book I ever wrote I self published and honestly it wasn't that good nor did it sell much on Amazon. It ended up with a whopping two reviews and one of those was from a friend of mine. My mother-in-law however, read it and wanted to know when the second one would come out. Let's just say I haven't touched that book in years.
My current work in progress is going through some edits. I absolutely love this book! My favorites parts are the characters who are based on myself and a couple friends. Only one character is completely made up. Some of the details on the characters are real life events that happened. The setting is another of my favorites in this book. It is a real place with a fantastic history. The story itself is another favorite.
I highly recommend visiting this magical place and enjoying all it has to offer. Devil's Lake has camping, hiking, swimming, kayaking or canoeing plus a nature center. There are over 29 miles of hiking trails and you can visit locations I mention in the book.
Devil's Lake Gallery tab has many pictures from today and yesteryear. Many are mentioned in the book as Lena, Hannah, Rin and Nicola make their way through teenage life. I promise to keep you updated as to when this book will be available.