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Busy, busy day

Well, I wanted to get away from the help desk and back into a tech writing position.

I'm currently up to my eyeballs editing Internal Control Documents, revision notes, web pages and wikis. Let's just say, if I'm bored at work now, it's my own fault. To quote Jerry Reed, "we've got a long way to go and a short time to get there."

Still it's coming in handy. Even though I got home late this evening, I read through Childhood's Tears from Chapter One and caught several small errors. Some were minor like using the same name for two different characters. Sure, it could happen, but it might confuse the readers into thinking the two were the same person. Better to just go ahead and give the first one a new name (since he's called by name the least). The other wasn't major as in "stop the book" major but it would have been embarrassing. I have one of the characters mention they don't have a telescope at the start of a chapter and then six pages later, they're pulling out the telescope they didn't have to observe something. Unless I'm giving that character magical abilities I didn't know they had, that's not going to happen. So, I rewrote things a bit, making her wish she had it with her.

Yeah, a minor glitch, but still something I should have caught.

I think I added in the major edits I wanted to before starting tonight's writing session. I added 1677 words to the story tonight and almost finished Chapter Six. With this, I'm almost 100% back on track with the story outline and now it's time to see how long it takes for me to jump the tracks again. That's the joys of these outlines versus the ones I have to do for media tie-in work.

With those, I have to stay pretty close to the pitch and chapter breakdowns I do before I start writing because that's what the licensor has already approved. If I wander too far afield, then he has to really go over the manuscript with a fine-toothed comb wondering what I've done with their property. It's just easier to stick to the script and not ad lib with media work.

With my own story, I can ad lib to my heart's content. Now, as you've probably guessed, I'm a little particular when it comes to outlining and world building, (all right, I'm a little anal about it), but it helps me keep from chasing too many rabbits while I'm working. Still, sometimes the characters have a different story to tell me than where I thought they were headed. It's best to follow their suggestions rather than giving them a lobotomy to force them back onto the path (ala Hermione Granger in the last two HP books).

Sometimes rabbit trails lead to diamond mines. Sometimes they lead to rabbit poop.

But if you don't follow them, you'll never know.

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Words for Today

1677 / 1000 words. 168%

Progress on Childhood's Tears

21849 / 90000 words. 24%

Words for 2008

62038 / 366000 words. 17%

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