The Captain and the Lady Fair

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Posted by Quinne Darkover on March 18, 2016 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I have negelcted the blog posts but I thought I would post that I have started a series of web posts about writing called Write On. The first one is up.

Part 1 of How to start writing

Posted by Quinne Darkover on February 26, 2014 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I have often seen people saying 'I want to write" followed by a few questions. I decided I would start a series about writing BUT about how I write and a few extra thoughts.

Part 1

How to get started. You must already have something in mind to write about or you wouldn't be asking about how to, so I will skip to the mechanics. You can use a computer with a word processor ( best option ) write on paper, write on the back of envelopes. No matter what you want to write, just get it down. Let the brain pour it out and worry about grammar, spelling, format, and all the techie stuff later in the edit phase. ( When you do a final edit, do your best then hire an editor… plan on it. )

Having said that, I will say it is best to have a proper format set up to start with. What format? Both ebook and paper books have something in common. Use either indent for new paragraph or a blank line between paragraphs and do not use a huge fancy letter for first letters anywhere. Do not use both. Pick one. I use indent because I am a cheap old fart. I will explain. Paper costs money. If you use blank lines, your page count goes way up. The higher the page count the more the book costs to print. The more it costs the less you make. Nough said.

Turn on spell check and turn off auto-correct. It will correct like cell phones and pick a word IT thinks you meant even if it is a wrong one and you will not see it if you are a hunt and pecker like me. It will highlight the word so you can fix it. Turn off grammar check. It will drive you nuts saying things are wrong when they are not.

If you are writing for a book ( paper ) I found it easiest to set up the page size to the book size, use page numbers, a title page and copyright page. I did not use a contents page because my chapters do not have titles and it looks silly to have a list of numbers. Ebooks often use a contents page so that you can create links. This allows the reader to skip to a particular chapter. Turn off page numbers and pagination for an Ebook. If you are doing both, I set it up for paperback, then modify a copy of the doc ( or docx ) to meet the needs of an ebook later when it is all done.

I am going to stop this part here because you have enough to get started banging keys. Later I will cover, spelling, dialog, grammar, voice, POV, and more.


Posted by Quinne Darkover on August 28, 2013 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I had not planned on starting so soon. I had planned on doing a full outline etc, for the sequel, but just like the first book, images in my head drove me to the keys and I have started putting to paper, the sequel. Working Title, The Captain and the Lady Fair. Pathfinder.

Editing done.

Posted by Quinne Darkover on August 27, 2013 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I should have posted this a few weeks ago. Editing is done! Editor did a great job. I still read sections at a writers group every 2 weeks to see if there are ways to improve the book. So far the feedback from the group is very positive.

Edit and proofing

Posted by Quinne Darkover on July 15, 2013 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I put out a proposal for bids on edit and proof of my novel. In 2 days I got 69 bids. I stopped it at that point and started working on a short list. Lots of great people out there and it is a tough call. Some were easy to weed out when on the bid they spelled worse that I do. Some were specialists with editing tech brochures and never edited anything else. Oh well, everyone is hungry these days and they try.


Posted by Quinne Darkover on July 7, 2013 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Editing is almost done. My Alpha reader bailed on me after 1/2 the book. Trying to catch my own mistakes is tough but I am plugging away. I hope to have it on available by Sept.


Posted by Quinne Darkover on May 20, 2013 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

On Sat May 20 at 6:30 am, The final words were written. Now I get to print the whole thing out and start doing edits. I do want to add, increase or change some descriptions. I also need to fix a ton of passive voice sentences. Yep, I have to fix spots that are tell and not show. Then I need to find a good Beta Reader, Then hire a proofer. I also need to get some cover art.

Not publish ready yet, but it is a great deal closer.

Small milestone

Posted by Quinne Darkover on May 18, 2013 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

A milestone of sorts.. Chapter 100 done. 84.5 k words and I can see the end coming. I don't want it to end, so I started making notes for a sequel as ideas pop in my head.

Getting Started

Posted by Quinne Darkover on May 6, 2013 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I started this web site to be allow people to see the first few chapters of my novel. It should be completed by the end of May ( except going back through from page 1 to do edits. )

I don't know if anyone would find it interesting if I blog about how I write but I may do that. On writting I will say there is no right way or wrong way. ( Okay be picky, the wrong way is to not write at all )