M.A. Wohl

Writer on a Quest

Word count goal for this week: 47 500 words
Word count today: 32 474 words

Early revision is one of my favorite thing to do… after writing the story in the first place.

It just fun!

I get to know the character’s better.
I’m able to describe with more accuracy, and less words, the action and the surroundings.
I’m building a stronger world by cutting the first info dumping splurge and give just enough info to make things relatable, clear, fun.

With this project, the word, the vibe, the mood for « fun » keeps coming back.

I know, I know, you should write the novel of your heart while keeping a eye on the market. That’s what I did before starting the project: make sure my book had a fair chance of being selected, because it was in-sync with what the market seemed to be aiming for at the moment (a market moment last less than 18 months, so I find the best strategy is to have half-dozen ideas brewing on the back-burner; just in case).

But right now, the market is… so… is so… predictable.

I want to read a novel that goes beyond the rules. Something mesmerizing. Something not depressing.
I wat to read… the novel I’m writing right now!

Good sign I guess, but will the publishers or the readers (I’m looking into self-publishing right now; it’s not pleasant, so. much. work. I am in complete WOW for authors who choose to self-publish) want to buy it.

With those considerations swirling around, I’ll go back to my early revision. It’s slow, but I’m enjoying myself.

At the end of the day, that’s the most important thing. Trust me on this one.

Until next time, dear writer friends…

Word count goal for this week: 47 500 words
Word count today: 32 012 words

Main Character and her Best Friend are having very conversations together.

My main concern now is to make sure the voice of each character is distinctive. The Best Friend is dorky and snarky, the Main Character is judgemental and a bit mean.

As soon as I am done with this chapter, I’m revising character voice. Because if I keep pilling up the revision tasks, I know working up the courage to go through it all will be very, very hard.

It’s not helping the never-on-track writing goals, but I rather take a little more time to work on some major details now. Even if those details end up in the trash.
Anyway, the more you write, the more you work on the writing, the better you are bond to get. Right?

Here’s hoping!

Dear writer friends, until next time !

Too many secrets, a good or a bad thing in a novell?

Word count goal for this week: 47 500 words
Word count today: 31 567 words

I have a very strong tendency to reveal very slowly, almost reluctantly a beta-reader told me once, key details and key elements.
I rely too much on the effect of surprise, when I should work on building up tension, suspense.
Unberable, just-one-page suspense.

A lack of a well balanced sense of tension and built-up leads to poor pacing and a less engaging story.

I’ll fix it better in the re-write, because for now, I’m simply taking notes and moving on with drafting.

Words feel good again. Characters’ voices are getting much clearer, much more distinct from one another as the story progresses.
Another good thing happening is the sub-plots. It really links to the main plots while giving the opportunity to explore the character’s personality.

One thing I’m growing concerned about is the narration. It’s third person past, but I have some instances where I switch and I use other characters point of view.
Not in a confusing way. But in a way that might not be well perceived. There’s an expression for it, but I cannot find the article in which I learned the term.

Now, on those questions marks, I will say goodnight, dear writer friends…

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