Turns out Red Dead Redemption 2 is Counter Productive to Writing

Who would’ve thought 😛

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Book Cover? Photoshop!

In my last post I mentioned starting the search for a cover artist. However, in the end, I decided I would rather DIY.

So, rather than searching for a cover artist, I went in search of some stock photos.

I chose IStock (https://www.istockphoto.com/au) for my images, as there is a large vairety of unique photos at pretty good prices.

For under $50 I managed to get some very nice pictures to work with, and then I cranked out Photoshop and got to work.

Before I started on my actual cover, I got the watermarked versions and put them together to see how it would look. Once I was happy with the result, I pruchased the images and set to work on the good copy.

Given, I haven’t photoshopped anything since high school, but it was relatively easy to get back into it. I had to check online the ideal size for an ebook cover, and although they vary depending on the site, I ended up going with something close to 1600 x 2400 pixels. A few pixels either way won’t make a difference.

While I haven’t finished yet, the whole process has been much less stressful than finding a cover artist, and cheaper as well. Plus, I get to design the cover exactly how I want (and run it past some friends for creative feedback).

Publishing time is drawing near.

 

~~ Ari

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Publishing, ahhhhh!

Reviewing my first draft, I have realised that there is very little I want to change. Originally I thought I’d be partially rewriting entire chapters, when all I ended up was highlighting words I need to change and a few spots where I need to change what I’ve written.

Which means publishing is getting closer and closer, and I am terrified.

I don’t know how I’m going to do this, I’m gonna need to get a cover comissioned, a platform on which to sell my book, a blurb, and a million other things I forgot to list.

It’s going to be hard and I’m so tempted to go off and write a different book and just put it off. If only my work could publish itself.

Ah well, I have quite the hurdle ahead.

 

~~ Ari

🙂

Time to edit, and I don’t want to…

I wrote my first draft, I put it aside, I’ve let it rest. Now comes the time to pick it back up again and read it through with a red pen and a critical eye. Only problem … I don’t want to.

I’m not sure what exactly is making me nervous about picking up my work. Maybe i’m afraid to reread what I’ve written now that I’m no longer basking in the glow of finishing my first draft, or maybe I’m worried i’ll get bored of it since I know what happens and subsequently think the story is boring. Or maybe I’m about to step out of my comfort zone.

Writing is something I can do. Spilling out 1000 words for an essay was never a huge challenge, and creating stories has always been my idea of a good pastime. But when it came to editing, I’d always just hand in whatever I had and hope the mistakes didn’t pull it down too badly.

I now realise I can’t take the easy way out, and am going to have to sit down and reread my book. The longer I put it off, the less likely I am to ever edit it. I think, because I started writing something else, I’m justifying to myself that it’s okay if I just keep writing for a little while longer.

I’ve decided that I will start to edit on March 1st, with a date in mind there is no way I can keep avoiding this task.

I’m just not sure how I should go about doing this. Should I read it through like a normal book first, then edit after? Should I print it out and go over it with a red pen? Should I go straight to critically editing? Any advice will be warmly welcomed.

As for now, I’ve got more writing to do.

~~ Ari

Done!

Only took 9 months, but the first draft of my first book is complete. Phew. Now I can put it aside for a little while and start on something else. I’ve already began writing my next book, which I’m so excited to write because the main character is heaps of fun to write.

Then i’ll begin the painful process of re-reading my own writing, which will be as fun as sticking needles in my eyes. Probably a similar experience I reckon.

~~ Ari

Finishing a book is hard!

I know exactly what I need to write, I know how the final scene has to play out and what each character will do and say. Yet, I’m writing at a snails pace.

Had a bit of a setback last week where I realised what I had written didn’t quite work. There was a scene involving a building being blown up, which wasn’t an issue until I was informed that the explosives weren’t positioned in such a way that the building would come down.

One tiny mistake ended up forcing me to cut and rewrite a large chunk of that chapter because now it didn’t make sense for the characters to end up where they did. Although I’m still not happy with what I wrote, it’ll do for now. I’ll attack it again in draft 2.

I’m so close to finishing, if I could get out more than a couple hundred words a day, I’d easily finish by the end of the week.

Ugh.

~~ Ari

 

Me in April 2017: I’m going to finish my first draft in 6 months!

Me in September 2017: I’m going to finish my first draft by the end of the year!

Me in December 2017: I’m going to finish my first draft by April next year!

Me right now: Shouldn’t I be writing?

Originally my goal was to get the first draft completed by the end of the year, put it aside for a month while I start my next book, and then get back to it later for the first lot of editing.

That didn’t really work out. As of now I have less than two chapters to go, not the way I wanted to start off the year, but better than what could have been. Fingers crossed that by this time next week, I’ll be able to say I’ve written draft 1 of my first book.

 

And before I go,

Happy New Year!

 

~~ Ari