Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Beautiful Books #3: Our Editing Process!


One again this is a Meme hosted by Cait @ Notebook Sisters(now: Paper Fury!) and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. Basically, we're talking about our editing process this month, and if you want to find out more about all this pop on over to their blogs!

Alex Steele
Novel: This World In Gray (NaNo Novel)


1. On a scale of 1 (worst) to 10 (best) how well do you think this book turned out?Honestly? A week from now I'll probably change my mind, but for now I'm going to say 8 or 9. I'm really really really happy with how it turned out!

2. Have you ever rewritten or edited one of your books before? If so, what do you do to prepare yourself? If not, what’s your plan? Yes, I have. I've edited a couple books before. I don't really prepare myself that much. I'll take a piece of paper and write down notes of all the big things that I already know I need to work on, and then I'll print out my first draft and my brother will read/edit/suggest things, and then I'll take all of that and just start revising!

3. What’s your final wordcount? Do you plan to lengthen or trim your book? 99,881 I don't really plan on lengthening or trimming, there's a few things I know I need to add and I will more than likely end up cutting some things out, but I'm not setting out to do either.

4. What are you most proud of? Plo
t, characters or pacing? Hmm. Hard question. I think, probably a combination? I don't know. I think I'm most proud of my main character and her voice because it's legitimately like nothing I've written before.

5. What’s your favourite bit of prose or line from this novel? Hmm. Hard question...only because I could spend hours trying to pick something! So, this is from a very emotional part of my book, towards the end, and it's a flashback of my main characters sister.

  “Some songs just speak to you, Lace, and it can’t be explained because it’s words you can’t say and feelings you can’t put into words. That’s the magic. It’s the feeling of not being alone and just finally understanding what it is you’re feeling because it’s right there in the lyrics and the drumbeat.”

6. What aspect of your book needs the most work? Probably the secondary characters. They need to be a bit more fleshed out.

7. What aspect of your book is your favourite? The grief...does that count? I think it does. It's the best way I can describe it, the overall feeling of the book and that thing that I tried hardest to keep throughout it. Really the grief is almost its own character... It's my favorite because it's what makes the book, without it would be nothing.

8. How are your characters? Well-rounded, or do they still need to be fleshed-out? Both. The main ones I think are nice and well rounded but some of the secondary characters need to be a bit more fleshed out.

9. If you had to do it over again, what would you change about the whole process? Nothing. Yeah, I don't really think I would change anything, I'm very happy with how it all worked out!

10. Did anything happen in your book that completely surprised you? Have any scenes or characters turned out differently to what you planned? Good or bad? Mason, the kind of love interest, he definitely turned out differently than I imagined. Mainly he doesn't really play a big part, which is actually good because this isn't a love story...the romance needs to be in the background and it is.

11. What was the theme and message? Do you think it came across? If not, is there anything you could do to bring it out more? The theme was grief, and the message that you never really get over death and how hard it can be... and I think it came across pretty well. I know I need to add a couple parts towards the end to bring it across even more and kind of tie it all together better, but besides that, I think it's pretty good.

12. Do you like writing with a deadline (like NaNoWriMo) or do you prefer to write-as-it-comes? Deadline, definitely. I always give myself a deadline. When I first started writing I always assumed I would do bad with deadlines, but they really help me stay focused and having a deadline makes me determined to meet it, so yeah, definitely deadlines.

13. Comparative title time! What published books, movies, or TV shows are like your book? (Ex: Inkheart meets X-Men, etc.) Hard question... I would say Fault In Our Stars by John Green meets I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson...

14. How do you celebrate a finished novel?! By giving myself a week of break, where I don't have to think about working on anything else. I can just read and sleep and ignore the world at large. Also, for NaNo my prize that I gave myself for winning was my Fall Out Boy concert tickets, if I lost I was going to give them away, but I won so I get to go!

15. When people are done reading your book, what feeling do you want them to come away with? I want people to be sad yet hopeful when they finish reading this book....which is kind of a large order if you know what I mean.

Penelope Grace
 The Black Queen (One of NaNoWriMo 2014 Novels)

1. On a scale of 1 (worst) to 10 (best) how well do you think this book turned out? I remain quite optimistic. Because of that warm feeling, I think 9. But I have quite an amount of work to do! 

2. Have you ever rewritten or editing one of your books before? If so, what do you do to prepare yourself? If not, what’s your plan? Yes! I did that for The Lost Princess (which is currently being queried now). I usually read over the book quickly and make notes about plot holes, character arcs, etc. If I see anything wrong, I will fix it. I aim to make about 2-4 drafts before I start beta reading. However, The Black Queen's first chapter is already out on this site, because I was bored. 

3. What’s your final wordcount? Do you plan to lengthen or trim your book? Word count? Ahhh! Don't get me started! But 75,383 is the final wordcount. For now. 

4. What are you most proud of? Plot, characters, or pacing? Ohhh... This is a toughie. But I got to say that I'm most proud of one character. And his name is Eric. With that weird accent thingie on the E. (He is French).

(And yes, I do know that it is an acute accent).


5. What’s your favourite bit of prose or line from this novel? Actually, I have a lot of favorite ones. And they are all names of my chapters. Or at least most of them. Here is some of them:



The ones that are sort of blacked out is either irrelevant or relevant to the plot. Or useless to the plot, because I'm currently editing. Okay.

I'm not editing The Black Queen, but I'm going to.

6. What aspect of your book needs the most work? Hahahahahaha. I just can't stop laughing. If you read the titles of my chapters, you can probably tell that the plot needs quite a bit of work.

7. What aspect of your book is your favourite? I think this is the easiest to answer. Of all the questions so far.

Because my favorite aspect is the subtext. 


8. How are your characters? Well-rounded, or do they still need to be fleshed-out? Some of them are well-rounded. Others are just plain silly. But I do want some of them to remain 2D. I'm trying not to go into too much detail for a minor character.

9. If you had to do it over again, what would you change about the whole process? Definitely that part that is the most unromantic. And put a bit more humor into it.

10. Did anything happen in your book that completely surprised you? Have any scenes or characters turned out differently to what you planned? Good or bad? Definitely! Some of the characters I'd planned to be 1D or 2D came out more... defined than I thought. And I concluded that maybe I accidentally made some subtext not so subtle. 

11. What was the theme and message? Do you think it came across? If not, is there anything you could do to bring it out more? Well, I'm trying to be subtle. TBQ is an adventure first and foremost, but I always try to send a message.

12. Do you like writing with a deadline (like NaNoWriMo) or do you prefer to write-as-it-comes? I love deadlines! 

13. Comparative title time! What published books, movies, or TV shows are like your book? (Ex: Inkheart meets X-Men, etc.) Well... I can't really define it. I based it upon King Thrushbeard (a fairy tale), but it didn't come out anything (for the most part) like it. I can't really say... Hmm... Maybe Romeo and Juliet. But it doesn't really fit TBQ very much. I definitely need to think about this more.

14. How do you celebrate a finished novel?! Dancing! And writing another novel!

15. When people are done reading your book, what feeling do you want them to come away with? This is an easy one. I want them to be mad. Mad about that cliffhanger. 



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Well, that is it. Feel free to read my excerpt of The Black Queen here. First chapter! 


Don't forget to leave us links to your Beautiful Books posts in the comments!
Also, what's your favorite line that you've written recently?

Happy Writing!

3 comments:

  1. For Steele - 99,881! Very impressive! It's great that your books turned out how you wanted it to. I loove your answer to number 14, concert tickets would be such a great motivation. I shoulda thought of that e_e Answer to 15 - that is a large order, but I'm sure you'll manage it! Congrats.

    For Grace - 75k is such a great achievement (isn't the Nano target 50k?) Both of you are machines!!! The line "Jealousy is a real bitch" made me laugh. =D "I concluded that maybe I accidentally made some subtext not so subtle." Yeeeeeah, I accidentally did that to my book too. I forget what only I'm, supposed to know and what the reader can't find out yet.

    Sorry it took me so long to get round to this! I only managed to look at a few linkups after writing my own. Well done to both of you, have a lovely Christmas break.

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    1. Thanks! Merry Christmas to you, too! And I may had forgotten about my subtext, too!

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    2. Thanks for stopping by! We totally understand, I've had no time to go around and comment this month myself!

      Hope you had an awesome Christmas!

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