Writing Journey #2- Reading the Manuscript Again

SO THE MANUSCRIPT for The Hand of Rel has been done for over a year. By done, I mean that the story is in place, and the pieces have been assembled. However, it’s still very rough. There are typos, grammatical errors, continuity errors (since I wrote in different time chunks), name changes, and even ideas that I plan to omit or change. I was getting frustrated, so I decided to put some distance between myself and the story. Then I published Lost Mirror in 2013, and started the whole journey of creating an Audio Book, wanting to create animation, you know. I’ve checked in every now and then, but haven’t committed to the story since I’ve always been focused on something else.

THE NOVEL FOLLOWS the events of Lost Mirror, where Rel Rel falls into Lily’s world, the Muse Realm, after making a wish on the mirror.  The only way for her to get home is to find another object with the power to send her back.  Hand of Rel opens with a Writer muse, named Keiran, carrying a dying Rel Rel.

I HAVE THE ENTIRE MANUSCRIPT PRINTED. 188 single spaced pages. 91,224 words long. The first 50 pages already have pen scribbles from when I was reading it before and adding to the rough draft. What I plan to do is read the the rest of the 138 pages and continue to edit them. So far, it’s going well.

ONE MAJOR THING is that there are some characters that I don’t understand. I know that’s a terrible thing to say as the writer, but I’m not afraid to admit it. Truthfully, I don’t know why they’re acting the way they are? What’s their motivation? Where did they come from? Not sure. I was so involved with making them cool and interesting that I neglected to flesh them out. So, what I’ve been doing is writing up their entire history, by hand, in my sketchbook.

WRITING THE ADVENTURES OF REL REL: LOST MIRROR was good for me. Rel Rel is a key character in my novel, and when I first started writing, I wasn’t sure where she came from, or what her motivation was. What did she want? What has she gone through? Writing Lost Mirror gave me more insight into her life, and will definitely help me flesh her character out as I continue to write.

I’VE WRITTEN SEVERAL PAGES of character history. Will it all show up in the book? Heck no! But it’ll be helpful, for me, to know where they’ve come from, and what molded them into the person the reader first meets on the page.

THE SECOND MAJOR ISSUE I’ve noticed is that I was focusing way too much on creating snappy, interesting dialogue. At the time, I was (and still am) enamored with what Russel T. Davies did in Doctor Who, Joss Whedon did in Firefly, and what Anthony Burch has done in HAWP and Borderlands 2. Freaking brilliant! The dialogue, the delivery, and not to mention the quirkiness, is genius. What I forgot was to give my characters something to do. By that, I mean reinforce their characters with how they move. So, now I’m adding more details to their descriptions. You know, trying to convey what type of person the character is through how they act, react, and present themselves.

STILL SO MUCH WORK TO DO during my writing journey but it’s coming along! Goal for the year? Finish the book, at least. I mean polished, and ready to send out. And… go!

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