I’m writing this post in the twenty minutes before I have to run to class because I know if I leave it until this evening, I’ll be in one of those why bother moods. But before we get into the main purpose of today, the WIPpet, here’s an update on progress so far. Before I moved back to college I managed to do some basic editing on Queen of Hearts, at which stage I realised I knew absolutely nothing about how to edit an entire novel without cutting it into worse shape than it is already in. So I began to read and read and read amd reblog any articles that looked relevant or interesting. I’m considering who I want to beta my next draft and which of my readers I want to save for later. The tricky thing is, although people have said they are willing to read my work and I have a vague idea of their skills and focuses, this is the first time I’ve looked for readers. Really the first time I’ve shared any of my writing with people I know rather than strangers. For me, it has always been easier to take criticism from someone who doesn’t know you than from someone who you still have to see everyday. Anyway, that’s where things stand at the moment.
Onto the WIPpet, hosted as always by the lovely Kathi who has just revealed the amazing cover for her next book which you can find here. Here are the first few sentences of Chapter 12 in Queen of Hearts.
For three weeks they marched north, each step bringing them closer to death or victory. Scouts reported an enemy force more than three times that of the force Karavere commanded in the king’s name marching south to meet them. That first day as they rode out, Kara had forced herself to resist the childish temptation which insisted she turn in the saddle to see the colours of the lords who had flocked to her banner.
Next week I hope to post up some drawings I’ve done of the various architectures of my world, inspired by the history of architecture class I am taking which is proving to be amazing. 🙂