Kimberly Dean's Blog
January 29, 2015
I had a question arise in one of the blog posts that I felt needed more than a simple response. A reader was curious as to how I went about rewriting the first Dream Wreakers/Weavers book. To be honest, I wasn’t sure where to start.
I began by reading the book that was published. I stopped after about three chapters, because there were already so many things I wanted to fix — and now. From there, I dug up my old computer files. I found three important versions. One was the first draft of the manuscript. Two others were post-edit rounds. (I never overwrite versions, for exactly this reason. I don’t throw a word away. Even cuts go into their own file.) This book was heavily edited, to the point where nearly 13,000 words were cut from what I submitted to what was published. For those of you who are curious, that’s about three chapters worth of words. So I knew I already had words, scenes, and ideas that I’d felt had worked before.
I then started going through chapters and editing the latest version. I rewrote sentences that didn’t read well, I added description, and I put in more character nuances. I’d run comparison checks to prior versions to see if there was anything else that could add to the story. I didn’t want to include things just for the sake of adding words. I was looking for a well-rounded story.
That also meant that certain things needed to be cut.
I hadn’t read this book for a very long time, so it was new to me again. I was able to read like a reader does during that first pass through. Anything that was jarring or threw me out of the story was edited or cut.
Eventually, I got through all the chapters this way. Then it was time to read the story in its entirety. Once again, there were things that needed to be tweaked. Time had passed, so cultural references needed to be updated. I also noticed some plot holes that needed to be filled. There is one major scene that I added near the end of the book. I can’t believe it wasn’t in there in the first place. Duh.
When all was said and done, the bones of the story were the same. The words used to tell it are not. I added back 8,000 words, but they’re not necessarily the same words that were cut.
By this time, I was fully back into the story, and it was getting difficult to see the forest for the trees again. There comes a point where writers can’t distinguish what is in their heads and what has made it onto paper. That’s when it was time to step away from the project and get new eyes on it. For me, that meant it was time to go to the editor. It’s with her now, and I’m anxiously awaiting her input. Once I receive it, I’ll go back through the story again, as seen through her eyes.
I’m hoping the process for rewriting Book 2 will be easier, but I’m knocking on wood even as I type that. We’ll just have to see how it stands the test of time.
January 20, 2015
Whew, I’m coming back up for air. I’ve had my head down, working on the first book in the Dream Wreaker series. It’s undergone a total rewrite, which resulted in an additional 8,000 words. I’ve shipped it off to the editor so it’s progressing nicely. It’s so nice to finally be getting around to that project, which I’ve wanted to tackle for a long time.
I’m back in the real world now. When I’m deep in a project like that, almost everything else goes by the wayside. Hello again, family and friends. Hello cleaning and taxes and grocery store and my winter newsletter. I plan to be getting to that this week. I know I’m late, but I figure my readers would prefer a book, if given the option. So be on the lookout for a newsletter soon. If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet, just sign up here.
January 1, 2015
December 28, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, erotic romance, short story
In high school, Troy and Lita had lusted after one another from afar. As members of two different cliques, their paths had been forbidden to cross. But the temptation was just too powerful. Their feelings had spiraled out of control, but their young love couldn’t survive. Now years later, Lita meets up with Troy again. The chemistry between them still sizzles, and she knows she has to take a risk. She makes a New Year’s resolution to get Troy back and, this time, she vows not to let anything get in their way.
December 25, 2014
December 22, 2014
December 21, 2014
The winter solstice is finally here. Today marks the shortest day of the year, and the official beginning of winter. (Could’ve fooled me!) Most exciting, after today the days become longer. I don’t know about you, but that’s the most difficult part of the season for me – having darkness fall so early and the sun rise so late.
I’m finding it interesting how closely today fits in with my current work in progress. I’m editing the first Dream Wreakers story, which is set in the imaginary city of Solstice. The story is a paranormal and most of the action happens in the dream world at night, so darkness is prevalent. Finally, I haven’t been sleeping well… So, there you have it.
I do have a question for readers. I’m planning to re-title this book, which was formerly known as What She Wants At Midnight. (Blehck.) What do you like better, Dream Man or Dream Wreaker?
December 18, 2014
December 17, 2014
Hey, look at that. Courting Jealousy is currently the top free short story on Amazon’s women’s fiction list!
December 16, 2014
Maybe I’m slow, but I just discovered that Amazon has added a button to follow your favorite authors. It’s on the Author Page, which you can find by clicking on the author’s name next to any of their book titles. Once you click the follow button, you’ll be notified whenever that author has a new release. Pretty snazzy!
Now you’ll have to excuse me. I’m running off to Amazon with my list of “must reads.”