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I have an almost continues flow of words from the title ‘Corrupted Souls’ to the ‘current scene’. One gap remains. One session of writing and I should be able to close the last of the scenes, written out of order, together… to a certain point. There’s still a couple scenes, already written, but they are ahead – they are closing chapters.

Tomorrow, if I can fill in that one remaining spot, then I can proceed in a linear fashion from the last place I stopped, the last scene in sequence, towards the conclusion of the novel.

There are still many words left to write, but I feel they will come relatively easy now. Knowing I’m closing in on the end itself, will encourage me to work at it just that little bit more.

It’s a good tale, but it is time for my brain to be able to leave it alone for a while. I like the novel, I think it’s good, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t time to allow my thoughts to roam a little more freely. I think, in part, that is why the first, and now the second, short story happened. My brain is ready to move away from this particular tale.

Soon enough, I’ll be itching to start number five in the series. I believe my Muse is already gathering those notions together. All the more reason to wrap this one up.

The edits have been going good. Yes, that surprises me. I expected more … complaints, issues, problems. I just dealt with a chapter that, in my mind, I was sure would be seen as boring and over loaded and… meh.

I got none of that. I was a bit surprised, and a bit buoyed up. I think it is possibly the chapter I worried over the most in the whole novel, so if it didn’t raise flags, and alarms, then I think the rest will be smooth sailing.

I mean it all needs work, here and there; words cut, phrases tightened, and bad metaphors swapped out but, plot wise, we are passed the roughest patch – I believe.

I re-wrote… well no, I wrote a whole new scene in a chapter because my editor pointed out that I had added a couple sentences that did nothing for the story but slow it down. So I just dived in and tried to pull the best pearl I could get back up. Hope it it works, time will tell.

This whole experience also gives me a good feeling about the rest of the novel already written in the series (though needing heavy first round edits) because I believe them to be stronger than the first in many ways. I progressed as a writer during the time and became even more familiar with the characters and world.

And because I was feeling good about it all, I opened a twitter account for the series @WhiteDragonBlack … you know to keep my throngs of fans updated about the series and share links to where they can find more stories about Jonathan Alvey’s adventures.


This morning I went through ‘Corrupted Souls’, the fourth and current, Jonathan Alvey novel, to see if I could in fact find one of the spots that had not yet been tied to a pre-writen scene. At first, it seemed hopeless, but then one of these gaps tickled the back of my brain and I thought I’d give it a shot.

I had some success, and moved on to find another.

In the end, I wrote three separate, and short (200 word), scenes. But it is progress.

This small amount of work, is leaps and bounds better than I felt about the idea of getting back into the story yesterday morning. If I can do the same tomorrow, I may find myself able to slip into the tale enough to finish the whole thing. It might need a bit extra work come edit time because of this, but I am willing to accept that trade off.

The edits for ‘Tomorrow Wendell’ continue every day, and so far there has been little issue with getting them done. No contest of wills over scenes, no weeping about cutting something, and no frustration over misunderstandings.

The team at Xchyler is not only sharp and competent, they are also wonderful about allowing me to keep my voice and concept. They go out of their way to work with me, and my idea’s, and change and tighten that instead of forcing their concepts onto my work.

I am delighted with the effect, and couldn’t be more excited about what is being produced by this effort. Still one-hundred percent my story, it is through their efforts that my story is one hundred percent improved.

I look forward to many more projects with this group of talented and understanding professionals.

I used to – well, I probably still do because whose perfect – have a problem with ‘telling’ instead of ‘showing’.

“Robert was sad” is telling.

“Robert’s wet eyes were empty” is showing.

It’s not a perfect example but you get the point.

I’ve become much better at ‘showing’ in my writing¬† because of a great gift I got for Christmas. I mentioned it before but I’m returning to the subject because, after just shy of three months, the impact it has had on my writing is tremendous.

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Every time I come to a place where I would have ‘told’ before, now I am automatically reaching for the book. I don’t always use a direct example from the list, but I read through the possible descriptions and it helps form a picture. I can then describe that picture using my own words molded from the ones suggested. Sometimes a phrase will jump out from the page, and you know that’s the one to use in that instance. Either way, the effect on my writing is dramatic.

With this book it becomes a fun and interesting challenge to ‘show’ and the thought of ‘telling’ becomes dirty. Do yourself a favour, especially if you are just starting to get serious about this thing called writing, get this writing aid.

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I wrote, for the first time in a week, what I try to maintain as a minimum word count -1000 words a day. It was a whole new scene in this, the fourth Jonathan Alvey novel, Corrupted Souls’.

Is it an absolutely necessary scene… probably not. It does introduce a character who will be called on later in the novel so that is nice, but could it be cut without damaging the plot on a whole – yeah.

So why is it there? Because it is. Because it was there in my head and I just do what my Muse tells me to.

But with this scene, I’m already at 75,000 words in the novel. 75,000 words and many important scenes yet to write. Yikes!

So this novel is certainly looking like it will be the longest Alvey novel yet. I’m not worried – things happen in edits. And if I find I’m not cutting swathes out come edit time, and that the novel on a whole is cohesive and strong, then so be it. I have nothing against long novels, either as a writer or a reader, I just keep getting surprised when this one continues to unfurl.

I don’t expect that each one in the series will be end up being longer than the previous. I just think that this one happens to have enough in it, that to tie it all together is taking longer than I expected.