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Editing 100 Words About Love

Sharpened Blue Wooden PencilI finished editing all the 100-word stories I wrote last month.

They will be gathered in a collection with the title 100 Words About Love.

I only made changes to about half of the 31 stories.

None of the changes were major:

  • I changed the title of some
  • I changed the tense of some
  • Remaining changes were minor around word choice

Going forward, I will edit my monthly challenge pieces as I go so I don’t have 38-31 to do at the one time. I need to manage my time better.

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Deep And Lowdown FINAL VERSION

Free stock photo of woman, motherboard, mother, pregnancyI continued editing the stories I wrote for last month’s writing challenge.

I edited Deep And Lowdown.

I made a few minor changes:

  • I changed the title to Deep & Lowdown because I thought it sounded better
  • I combined words to improve the flow of the story (i.e. sheet is cold to sheet’s cold)
  • I corrected typing errors
  • I cut unnecessary words
  • I changed words used because I found a better way to put the point across

 

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A Knight’s Tale FINAL VERSION

Free stock photo of ball, leather, hobby, leisureI continued editing the stories I wrote for my January writing challenge.

I edited A Knight’s Tale.

I made one change to this story, quite a big one.

The first draft was written in the past tense (i.e. I waited for Marcus).

I decided I thought the story would be stronger written in the present tense (i.e. I wait for Marcus).

This meant almost every word had to be changed.

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A Different Altitude FINAL VERSION

Free stock photo of italian, landscape, mountains, natureI started to edit the 100-word stories I wrote last month.

I started with A Different Altitude.

I made a few changes but nothing major:

  • I added detail to improve meaning and sentence structure
  • I cut unnecessary words that were taking up space
  • I changed words because I found a better way to stay what I wanted
  • I added missing letters
  • I had to prune a few words to keep within the word count because some of the other changes pushed the story over 100 words
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Take A Deep Breath

Free stock photo of woman, motherboard, mother, pregnancyI wrote another 100-word story for this month’s challenge.

A couple is arguing during ann ultrasound but forget their anger when they hear their baby’s heartbeat for the first time.

This story has three characters and quite a lot of dialogue and is the most complex story I’ve written this month.

I’m really pleased with the way this challenge has gone.

This story was exactly 100 words and didn’t need to be pruned.

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My Heart, Laid Bare (Poems)

coverI finished the final proof-read of my soon-to-be-published poetry collection, My Heart, Laid Bare (Poems).

The image on the left is the final cover art.

I added the comma after My Heart because it felt like the right thing to do.

This is the longest of my poetry collections at 175.

The poems are autobiographical, written over a period of several years and deal with:

  • Coming out as a lesbian
  • First steps on the gay scene in Glasgow
  • First sexual experiences
  • First relationship
  • First break-up
  • Second relationship
  • Second break-up

Some of them have been published in magazines and anthologies.

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The Sinner’s Song Volume 1 Lust

coverI completed the final proof-read of my story collection, The Sinner’s Song Volume 1 Lust.

This will be published on the 20th February. Further details to follow.

The image on the left is the final cover art. I designed it using Canva. The image itself is a custom word cloud I made using Tagul. Tagul lets you chose a custom shape for your word cloud so I chose lips as this fits well with the theme of lust. Tagul has a lot of shapes already but you can upload any image you want and use this as a shape. The words used include the title of the collection, the words seven deadly sins and lust plus a lot of words linked to lust such as passion, desire, covet and need.

I’m really pleased with the cover. I have used the same colour scheme for the other six volumes so it’s clear the collections are linked, just the shape and words are different.

I made very minor changes to the ten stories in the collection. Once I have finished proof-reading the other titles I want to release I’ll upload them to my distributers and make them available for pre-order.

Things are moving swiftly.

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FINAL EDIT: Debut Crime Novel

Brown Tree in the ForestI continued the final edit of my debut crime novel.

The novel is written in the third person with multiple character viewpoints. This isn’t always clear. I decided to make the heading of each chapter the character and date so the timeline is easier to follow (i.e. Ronnie, 2 May 2014).

There are also some minor cuts and tweaks.

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FINAL EDIT: Debut Crime Novel

Brown Tree in the ForestI started the final edit of my debut crime novel.

I thought I was done with this over a year ago and started sending it out to agents and publishers.

It’s been rejected a couple of times.

I didn’t get any specific feedback but decided to have another look at it. I discovered there are a few changes to make.

The first chapter is too weak to open with so I’ve cut it completely.

The novel is written in the third person with multiple character viewpoints. This isn’t always clear. I decided to make the heading of each chapter the character and date so the timeline is easier to follow (i.e. Ronnie, 2 May 2014).

There are also some minor cuts and tweaks.