The 8th chapter of Emma’s Story can be found here. If you haven’t read the previous chapters you can find them all linked from the Stories page.
This week’s chapter came out fairly easy. What was tricky was making the decision to end it where I did. Originally I had planned on including quite a bit more, but it turned out to be too much. I wouldn’t have been able to finish it in time, and the chapter would have become very long.
One the one hand, I’m not moving the story along as far as I would have wished, but on the other hand, this feels like a more natural chunk of story content. The chapter is about the same length as most of the previous ones, and it’s contains one set of naturally connected events.
In short, I think I made the right decision when ending it where I did.
I hope you will enjoy it, and please feel free to leave comments if there’s something that’s unclear or if you find any errors in spelling or grammar that I have missed. There’s bound to be some, and it’s really exciting to get feedback (even if it’s just a spelling error).
The seventh chapter of the story is now live and you can read it here.
This chapter is significantly shorter than the previous one – barely a quarter of the length. It still took about the same amount of time and effort to complete though. I’ve been tinkering with the words pretty much every day, meaning I lost a bit of the lead I had on my deadline. Even then, I’m still not entirely pleased with how it turned out. I have a feeling this is one of the chapters I will be tinkering with the most once the time comes to polish and edit the story as a whole.
Despite all that, I had a lot of fun writing and tinkering with this part of the story, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading it, even if it’s quite different from the previous chapter.
As mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’ve started on chapter 8 though, and I’m nearly done with the first half. The second part will be more difficult, but the outline I’ve done for it is fairly detailed and I shouldn’t have any issues getting it finished before next Tuesday.
As the title says really. The sixth chapter of Emma’s Story is now available – here. This one’s a fair bit longer than the previous ones, but hopefully it will also be more entertaining.
I had some difficulties getting this one done, and not just because it’s longer. If you take the time to read it, please let me know if something seems unclear or if there’s anything that doesn’t make sense – or if you have any other kind of feedback. I’d really appreciate it.
The fifth chapter of Emma’s Story is now available to read here. If you’ve not read any of the previous chapters, you can find them all linked from the Stories page.
I’m still on track with the intent of publishing one chapter a week, but I’m losing a little bit of the lead I had. The sixth chapter is going to be a long one and I’m only just past the half-way mark. I’m still confident I’ll complete it before Tuesday next week, but I’m losing a few days on it.
The one after that should be short though, and I can make up some time on that.
The fourth chapter of Emma’s Story is now available – here. If you haven’t read the previous chapters, you can find them linked on the Stories page, or in the menu in the sidebar (click the three lines up to the right).
I sent the fourth chapter off to my beta reader on Wednesday already, and I got feedback on it shortly after (thanks D). I didn’t do any editing though. Instead, I started working on chapter 5, and I’m almost nearly quite done with it.
I’m trying to stick to a schedule of one chapter a week and while I’m ahead at the moment, I think Chapter 6 is going to put some strain on that. I also think that having a schedule, even if it’s quite relaxed, is helpful when it comes to productivity. It sets me a goal and it gets me working towards it.
So instead of doing anything about the feedback I got I waited and moved on. It’s not that the feedback wasn’t good, rather the opposite. D pointed out something I wouldn’t have noticed on my own, about how one of my two narrative styles is spilling over into the other. I could probably have spent the entire week pouring over the text and analysing it until I had letters coming out of my ears.
It would have been a wasted week though, and I’d have lost the lead I have on my deadline – so I waited and did it all last night.
I read over what I’d written. I made some changes. I think I addressed the main issues pointed out to me, and if I didn’t, I hope to hear about it. The chapter’s not perfect, and it won’t be, but it’s good enough to share, and I’m happy to move on to the next one. I don’t want to dawdle too long on it. I’ll probably do some minor tweaks in the next few days, and then I’ll leave it until the entire story is done and it’s time for the second draft.
I guess I should point out that I’ll be putting up the entire first draft of the story here on the blog. I’m not going to give away just the first few chapters and then ask whoever wants to read the rest to pay for it.
That said, this is the first draft. It won’t be perfect and there will be changes to it. Once it’s done, I’ll get it edited and polished and then release it as an ebook. I haven’t decided if I’ll release it for free or if I’ll charge a price for it, but if I do decide to sell it, it won’t be expensive. It is, after all, not a very long story. On top of that, it’s meant to support my novel – once that’s finally ready to be released – so I won’t want to scare people off with a big price tag.
Be that as it may. I’ll worry about it later. First I’ll have to actually write the story – and edit the novel.